Poisonous insects and snakes in Kenya?

by John
(Abu Dhabi)


I'm wondering which of the major insects and snakes in Kenya are poisonous?

Thanks for your answers.

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Jun 15, 2010
Snake sense.
by: Anonymous

Just remember

1. "no fang marks, no poison"

2. If bitten try to get to hospital with the snake if possible.

3. Try to stay calm and don't panic, as panic causes the poison to travel faster in the blood system.

4. Remember, most snakes will get out of your way if the can.




Mar 18, 2010
Poisonous snakes
by: Arjen (webmaster)

There are several poisonous snakes in Kenya. A few worth mentioning are the green mamba, which is present all over East Africa and which is bright green, has a potentially fatal bite and lives in trees. The Jameson's mamba is found in Western Kenya, has a green head with a darker body, and also has a potentially fatal bite. The puff adder is present in almost the whole of black Africa and is on the whole the snake that causes the most deaths. It's about a meter long, very fat, and looks dull bit is very eager to bite.

I found less on poisonous insects... I can only mention mosquitos in Kenya that spread the nasty form of malaria (Plasmodium Falciparum), which can be fatal if left untreated. However, it's only present in very specific parts of Kenya, you can protect yourself from getting it by taking pills and using creams and anti-mosquito nets, and if you get symptoms and treat them right away, you will recover soon.

And the snakes... Well, on the whole they are more scared of us than we are of them. They stay away from humans whenever they can, so normally you don't even encounter them.

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