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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

When u travel to certain places, are u able to ignore the presence of large spiders, scorpions, snakes etc or are u a creatures and crawlies coward like I am?

I stayed in a wooden hut, in the rain forest, near Koh Sok National Park Thailand, last November. I spent half my time screaming in terror, because of the horrible 1 inch leeches that attached themselves to our feet and the big spiders and scorpions in the bathroom etc etc. One time I reached up for the soap, in the bathroom. It jumped out of my hand and started bouncing around the bathroom. It was a frog.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 3, 2007, at 11:49 PM by Mel. ]

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Lol about the only thing I can't really handle the presense of is large spiders. Altho I haven't yet had to deal with leeches, wonder how that one will go when I get to it..........

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I am able to ignore them, even better: I like them! Except flies and mosquitos and stuff of course.

In Australia if found a few frogs in the bathroom as well, just took 2 glasses, put one over the frog and used the other glas to capsure it and release again outside. Also, in that same place (around Katherine Gorge) there were loads of cane toads around our cottage, which are potentially dangerous (if dogs lick them, they are likely to be killed for example, don't know about humans) but we let them stay because they killed all the bugs on our terrace/cottage, so fine with me.
Leeches are no problem are they? Just cut them off or use a ligther (you smoke do you;))

Of course, use commons sense with all other wild animals, and snakes and spiders and stuff. I am certainly not really a fan of snakes of course, but they will be even more afraid of you.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Ugh. I'm not good with the creepier creatures of this world I have to say. I'm marginally more tolerant of them since travelling South America because you just had to make your peace and share a small space with them sometimes, but I never really encountered anything too awful.

Asia is going to be interesting I think.

Do you think there's any way to get over a fear of them?

5. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Depends on the creature ;)

Had a laughing fit once when my mate had to use the bathroom during the night and a frog obviously hunting in the toilet bowl got scared, jumped up and attached itself to my mate's balls

Didn't laugh that much another time when cockroaches scrambled up my legs while quatting on the toilet

Flynn

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

leeches are fine,....after sucking your blood, it will go away...lol...
as for cockroaches, i will just step on them,...i hate that creature....

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting flynn

Had a laughing fit once when my mate had to use the bathroom during the night and a frog obviously hunting in the toilet bowl got scared, jumped up and attached itself to my mate's balls Flynn

Lol frogs can be very stubborn!!! how long did it cling there??

I remember one incident when i was sleeping on the ground and felt something licking one of my body parts:) It was a nice feeling to get licked softly but when i decided to see what it was, i screamed in horror, it was a small mouse licking my feet!!!!;)

Arif

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 4, 2007, at 4:01 AM by arif_kool ]

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Leeches are no problem are they? Just cut them off or use a ligther (you smoke do you;))

What I did to get rid of them was scream good n loud, and knock them off with the nearest object I could find.
Hey-monkee, they are so disgusting.
Opospa, we from the colder countries, are not used to slimey worm like creatures drinking our blood.

Samsara, I get used to them if they stay on the ceiling or under the bed. It is the ones that I wonder where will that thing show up next that are the ones I cant get used to. Big spiders used to come into our bathroom. One night I tried to wash one of them down the drain. The speed the thing moved around the bathroom, while I tried to get it, with the shower was incredible. Then finally, I thought it must have gone down the drain, because I didnt see it anywhere. I went into to the bathroom, and closed the door, and there it was, behind the door. I used to wash my hair with my eyes open even with the shampoo stinging them, in case something snuck up on me. During the night, there used to be shuffling and scratching inside the bathroom wall. It used to go on for a few hours in the night and never during the day. I used to wonder if it was a nest of those spiders.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 5, 2007, at 12:26 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Great! Thanks for sharing that Mel. I feel a WHOLE lot better now

Ugh. Shudder.

Someone, maybe it was Hien, was telling me about kamikase geckos in Malaysia that just go for your face when the light is turned out, but when you turn the light on they are nowhere to be seen. :(:(

PLease someone tell me I was being wound up!

10. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I always sleep in my plastik capsul which I bought it from Far East few years ago.
Then I am safe.