Drawing: Cobra helicopter Drawing: Cobra helicopter


Insects are often overlooked as a danger to the survivor. More people in the United States die each year from bee stings, and resulting anaphylactic shock, than from snake bites. A few other insects are venomous enough to kill, but often the greatest danger is the transmission of disease.

Drawing: Scorpion

Scorpionidae order

Description: Dull brown, yellow, or black. Have 7.5- to 20-centimeter long lobster like pincers and jointed tail usually held over the back. There are 800 species of scorpions.

Habitat: Decaying matter, under debris, logs, and rocks. Feeds at night. Sometimes hides in boots.

Distribution: Worldwide in temperate, arid, and tropical regions.

Scorpions sting with their tails, causing local pain, swelling, possible incapacitation, and death.

Drawing: Brown house spider or brown recluse spider

Brown house spider or brown recluse spider
Laxosceles reclusa

Description: Brown to black with obvious "fiddle" on back of head and thorax. Chunky body with long, slim legs 2.5 to 4 centimeters long.

Habitat: Under debris, rocks, and logs. In caves and dark places.

Distribution: North America.

Drawing: Funnelweb spider

Funnelweb spider
Atrax species (A. robustus, A. formidablis)

Description: Large, brown, bulky spiders. Aggressive when disturbed.

Habitat: Woods, jungles, and brushy areas. Web has a funnel like opening.

Distribution: Australia. (Other nonvenemous species worldwide.)

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