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Turkey Venomous Snakes, Poisonous Spiders & Bugs.

Infected Spider Bite

Infected Spider Bite

Poisonous and venomous snakes, spiders and bugs whilst on vacation in Turkey

Turkey is home to some venomous snakes and poisonous spiders, as well as other stinging and biting insects, of which can be classed as dangerous.

Turkey is set in Western Asia, and the hot climate makes it a desirable place for many creatures to breed, which have been known to kill men, women and children.

Turkey is a beautiful place with fantastic beaches and many cheap hotels, and is definitely a good place to visit, but like many foreign countries, any visitor must be prepared to face the onslaught of many different bugs, arachnids, snakes and insects that they would not usually come across in their own country.

The picture above is a wound from an untreated Brown Recluse Spider bite, which are now found in Turkey.

Cheap vacations or holidays to Turkey provide millions of tourists with a tropical holiday in magnificent surroundings. Most Turkish vacations go by without any hindrance or serious wounding from poisonous creatures, but some do not.

Brown Recluse Fangs

Brown Recluse Fangs

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Bite

Brown Recluse Bite

Brown Recluse Spiders

This very deadly spider, has killed and injured more humans than the tarantula spider, which are placid in comparison to this little venomous spider. The Brown Recluse Spider is also known as the Violin Spider, Recluse Spider, and the Brown Spider. It is only approximately 15mm in length, but they can grow a little bit bigger, they are not all brown, but can also range from cream to very dark grey.

They can be found in places which are not used often such as wood piles, garages, and basements, but they are also found in airing cupboards, drawers, under kitchen cupboards and in the morning can be found in shoes, discarded clothes, linen cupboards and in bags.

The formidable Brown Recluse Spider is native to America, but has now spread to other parts of the world, and can be found in many hotels. Although not common in Turkey, more and more reports come to light as people on vacation in Turkey discover this spider there.

This spider is not an aggressive spider, but if they feel provoked in any manner, they will attack. Most of their bites are minor and may actually come to nothing more than a simple itch and a bit of swelling, but not to seek medical attention just in case, would be foolish. The venom injected by the Brown Recluse Spider can cause nausea, vomiting, rashes, fever and pains in the bodies muscles and joints, internal organ damage, then death.

The initial bite can destroy soft tissue, which means that your skin will begin to "melt" slowly, and will take months to heal, but the wound will be getting bigger, leaving the wound susceptible to gangrene. If any person is bit by a spider, seek medical attention immediately, as this venom will rapidly spread through your blood system within minutes. This spider has been known to cause hundreds of deaths, especially in children and the elderly, if in doubt about a spider, squash it first, ask questions later, and they come with their partner, the female is usually found in the nest / web.

Free Link To: Brown Recluse Spider Information.

Black Desert Snake

Black Desert Snake

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Horned Viper Snake

Horned Viper Snake


There are at least twelve venomous snakes in Turkey, all of which can inject poison into a human. The Black Desert Cobra can reach nearly two meters in length, and can inject neurotoxin into the flesh, which will attack the nervous system in the body, which may lead to death. This snake is deep black with a polished like shiny skin, and will usually only attack if provoked. Cheap vacations to Turkey do not necessarily mean that a person will come into contact with any snakes at all.

Other venomous snakes include the Sand Viper, or Horned Viper, named this because of the two distinct horns above its eyes, and the fact that it camouflages itself in the sand, waiting for prey. There are another eight species of the viper family of snakes in Turkey, which can harm humans, most will only give small amounts of venom if they bite, and are not considered to be dangerous, but whenever tourists are bitten, it is advisable that they always seek medical attention. Snakes are not usually found in hotels but it could happen, but just in case, be careful.




Although centipedes are not a major problem in Turkey, there are over 5000 centipede bites in Turkey every year. Most bites are harmless and will cause a small rash, swelling and pain, but there are rarely any deaths from these bites, with only one being reported, and these bites can be treated with antibiotics. Whilst on vacation to Turkey, always be prepared for any eventuality.

The Turkish centipedes can reach nearly 30 cm ( 1 foot ) in length and their habitat is usually around rocks or in the sand. Advice is given to tourists to wear gloves if attempting to move rocks and wear protective boots and thick lower clothing if hiking. There are not many reports of finding these in hotels, but........

Possibly Poisoned Dog in Turkey

Possibly Poisoned Dog in Turkey

Wild Dogs

Although attacks by wild dogs very rarely happen, it can and still does occur. These dogs are scavengers and can be found everywhere, either alone or in packs of up to ten dogs. The dogs carry diseases such as rabies and any bite from one dog, may send the others into a frenzy. If bitten, go to hospital you may need rabies shots and report the dog to the local authorities.

It is illegal to remove any neutered dog from the street unless it is dangerous under Turkish law, many residents will lay out poison to kill roaming packs in their area. People on vacation to Turkey are warned never to approach a dog, even if at first it seems friendly.



In July 2009, 31 people died from tic bites. The tics spread Crimean Congo Hamorrhagic Fever, and every year there are over 500 cases of this disease being given to humans by the humble tic, and with a 5-6% mortality rate, it makes the tic a dangerous insect in Turkey.

Usually they feast on the blood of warm-blooded animals such as dog, cats and cattle, but if they do climb onto a human, they will feast on the blood and possibly infect that person. Vacations to Turkey are mesmerizing, just be careful.

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Fishl on April 18, 2018:

You need to correct your title. These animals are not poisonous they are VENOMOUS. This is a common mistake. Poison has to be ingested through your digestive system to take effect. Venom is injected into the blood stream. There are a couple of species of snake that are poisonous and it may surprise you. Both the common grass snake and garter snake are poisonous. If you eat them they will make you very ill.

julie on September 19, 2017:

I was on holiday in ovacik {olu deniz} area of turkey in may 2012 , during the second week I noticed I had what looked like a spot / boil on my back. after a couple of days my rib cage had gone black and I couldn't breath properly, the spot had grown lots. I showed it to a couple of local staff who told me to go straight to the medical centre as it was a spider bite, well that's what I did and the dr had me on a drip within minuets of arriving and straight after the drip I had to have my back lanced . apparently the spider had bit me 4 times and it had caused an absess which the pressure was pressing on my lungs . even though they had lanced my back , when I flew home 3 days later I went straight to the doctors and I had to have my back lanced again as it just filled up again. luckily ive only ended up with a small scar which is just like sqiggy skin over a hole as the hole doesn't heal as the spider bite kills the tissue and everything. the ironic thing here is id been going to turkey for 14yrs and id never even seen a spider let alone know they had venomous ones. I think maybe this was because the area of ovacik is in the mountains {well as such} compared to most of the holiday spot.

Sharon on May 03, 2015:

I have been to Turkey several times and the only things I have seen in any hotel or resort area has been the little lizards or ghekos which are cute and eat mosquitos ! Turkey is a great place to holiday so don't let this put you off.

Ayse Belgin Bal on November 12, 2013:

Are the photos taken in Turkey?? especially the one with the infected bite?as I'm living in Turkey for over50 years and travelling all of the cities around the country, I haven't seen one of them yet and the information and the photos you gave in your hub really terrified me , from now on I will try to be more careful to see them:), the only thing that I agree is 'Vacations to Turkey are mesmerizing '

Yorja Rahmani from India on July 04, 2013:

Spiders really freak me out, and I see Turkey has some really deadly ones.

shazbutxanda on September 23, 2011:

bet that women is real glad she cant see that wound!! any way we canlimit these particular species ...u know wear really big boots good for stomping and iwould never kill one at home

StephenSMcmillan on May 25, 2011:


Thanks for the information, scary insect.

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