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Los Cabos Officials Warn Tourists To Watch Out For These Common Poisonous Animals

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There is a sharp increase in Los Cabos visitors when the weather starts warming up during the peak spring travel season.

In this case, we are not discussing the more than 40,000 guests visiting the resort destination during Spring Break and Easter.

Instead, we are referring to poisonous insects and other animals that tourists better keep a keen eye on!

Scorpion in shoe

Things That Go Bump in the Night

The Los Cabos area is home to a number of poisonous insects and animals that are starting to emerge from their winter’s nap now that the weather is starting to warm up again.

Some of the common poisonous creatures in Los Cabos include scorpions, spiders and even snakes. I have not even mentioned the poisonous jellyfish on the beach and in the waters.

These little creatures normally like to hide and stay warm during the winter months. Now they are becoming more active with the warmer weather and increased tourist activity jostling them from their winter hiding spots.

Close up of scorpion on land

Scorpions are the easiest to identify. They give themselves away with their eight legs and long stinger tail. A majority of them are actually afraid of tourists and will find a way to escape. However, it they are cornered, they will strike back.

While tarantulas may look fuzzy and cute, they are not to be messed with. They pack quite a bite that will require medical attention for any Los Cabos visitor that comes across their path.

However, even more dangerous in Los Cabos is the Baja Brown Recluse, a relative of the brown recluses found in the United States. The tiny spiders have a poisonous bite that will require an immediate call to first responders and a trip to the emergency room.

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When it comes to our slithering friends, there is one snake in particular to be aware of. Again a relative of the familiar ones in the Western United States, the two to three foot long Baja California rattlesnake has quite the bite.

It has the distinct warning sound of a baby’s rattle. But don’t be fooled. These little guys aren’t as cute as a newborn or toddler.

How To Stay Safe


Now that we have scared off our Los Cabos tourists about the danger of poisonous creatures in the beach resort destination, let’s take a look at what visitors can do to stay safe and avoid the emergency room.

Most of the recommendations from Los Cabos medical officials are actually pretty common sense.

Be aware of where the little creatures like to hang out. That’s where most tourists get bit or stung. That means shaking out shoes before putting them on, wearing ankle height hiking boots when walking outdoors and obviously not putting hands inside of holes in trees or the ground.

Travelers Dealing With An Injury On A Hiking Trail

There are a number of misbeliefs and rumors about how to treat being bit or stung by a poisonous animal. Los Cabos medical personnel don’t recommend trying to “suck out the venom” or even applying a potentially limb losing tourniquet.

Try instead to relax as much as possible and get to a nearby emergency room by ambulance or personal vehicle. Do not apply “home remedies” and instead ice the affected area.

Also, despite the rumors, peeing on a jellyfish sting is not the way to resolve that issue. The best course of action for tourists is to notify the closest lifeguard for assistance if stung by a jellyfish.

Jellyfish on Beach

If bit or stung, proceed immediately to the emergency room or contact first responders for care. All major emergency rooms in Los Cabos have the antivenom needed to treat victims for the most common poisonous animals in the area.

It’s a smart idea to have travelers insurance in place in the event that an emergency room visit is needed for a poisonous animal bite or sting.

Most important, don’t delay because every second counts when bit or stung by a poisonous creature while on vacation in Los Cabos.

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