A terrified holidaymaker got the scare of her life when she found 18 scorpions in her suitcase after returning from vacation in Croatia.
The woman was unboxing on Saturday after taking the Adriatic home to Natternbach in the Austrian state of Upper Austria, and when she opened her case she spotted a whole family of darters, sending a shiver down her spine .
The woman allegedly found 18 scorpions in the suitcase, apparently a mother and her babies.
She called Tierhilfe Gusental, an animal rescue service, who said in a statement: “This afternoon we were contacted by a lady from Natternbach, as stowaways have nestled in the luggage from their trip to Croatia.
“Specifically a scorpion with babies. The animals have been secured and handed over to us. They are currently at the Linz Animal Sanctuary until they begin their journey home.”
Austrian media reported that this was the third case of scorpions from Croatia ending up in Upper Austria.
They said a Linz woman discovered a scorpion in her apartment on Thursday June 30, also following a holiday in Croatia.
Curiously, she had already been home for three weeks when she made the chilling discovery.
This means that the creepy creeper has probably been cozying up in the apartment for three weeks without being noticed.
Another case – in September last year – saw a scorpion from Croatia found in a house in Upper Austria before being taken to an animal shelter.
Scorpions are characterized by a segmented, curved tail with a poisonous stinger at the back of the body and a pair of grasping claws at the front.
Although they live in many habitats, they are more common and diverse in deserts.
In Croatia, scorpions are mainly found on the Adriatic coast and are much rarer in the continental regions of the country.
There are only a few different types of scorpions found in Croatia, and none of them are life threatening.
Although venomous, their poison is too weak to kill a human being. That being said, their bites can cause pain, swelling, itching, redness, and a burning sensation.
There are five species of scorpions in Croatia, but only two are common, the Euscorpius italicus and the E.Germain. None of these species are considered harmful to humans.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.