Singapore is well-known as an urban, cosmopolitan city. Clean, efficient and crime-free, it is one of the safest cities to live in. Unfortunately, the actions of beasts are not ours to control. Here are 5 potentially threatening animals to look out for!
5. The Bee
Chiefly known as one of the most prolific pollinators of the land, the bee is not all about honey. When provoked, it unhesitatingly administers a sting that injects a venom into your bloodstream, which causes temporary pain and discomfort to triggering severe allergic reactions. Beware of the bee!
Much like its’ visually-similar counterpart, the hornet too can administer a mighty sting. What makes it different is that it is able to sting more than once, AND the sheer size of the hornet means the amount of venom released per sting is far greater than other stinging insects. If one is stung repeatedly over time, the EIGHT different chemicals could prove fatal, especially if it triggers an allergic reaction. Don’t wear bright coloured clothing in forested areas or heavy perfume to avoid getting their attention!
3. The Wasp
Smaller than the hornet, this spawn of Satan is even more hazardous due to its’ highly aggressive nature. Worse, a distressed wasp sends out a pheromone that alerts its’ demonic little friends to swarm and eliminate the offending threat-you. It is then advisable to avoid panicking and flailing about when a wasp flies near you; you definitely do not want to get swarmed!
2. The Cone Snail
Slow-moving and sluggish, don’t let the pretty colours of the cone snail fool you. It fires a dartlike tooth laced with venom from a harpoon-like appendage, and some species are dangerous enough for that to be lethal to humans! Be careful when strolling across Singapore shores!
1.The King Cobra
While rather rare in Singapore, this tremendously venomous reptile still exists in forested areas such as Macritchie Reservoir. A bite from this bad boy can kill a human within 30 minutes of envenomation. If one meets it in the wild, your best bet would be to freeze and observe the snakes’ reaction- it would often look for an escape route owing to its’ docile nature. Back away slowly to prevent yourself from being perceived as a threat and make your escape!