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Dangerous Plants and Animals in Seychelles

The tropical paradise lies on the Western Indian Ocean, providing tourists and locals to an incredible scenery of crystal waters and lush green forests. Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands – each containing a range of beautifully unique fauna and flora.

The Seychelles paradise is a favourite holiday destination for honeymooners, divers and surfers. Families also choose Seychelles as a holiday destination because of the clear and warm ocean and to fascinate the kids the unique species on the tropical island.

Seychelles is home to some of the most unique endemic species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles but no deadly poisonous animals or plants that can harm humans. The Barringtonia Asiatica, otherwise known as the sea-poison tree, contains a chemical called saponin which is toxic to fish and other cold-blooded animals. The beautiful flowers consist of white stamens tipped with pink, open up at night and attract moths and nectar-feeding bats with their heavy scent. All parts of the tree are poisonous, it is pounded, pulped or grated to release the poison to stun fish without affecting their flesh – fisherman use the plant by adding it to fishing nets before throwing it in the water, enabling the fisherman to easily scoop the floating fish. Barringtonia Asiatica has been is used by humans as medicine and can also be used for health purposes such as stomach ache, cough, influenza, sore throats, bronchitis and tuberculosis.

As with all sub-tropical places, the Seychelles is prone to a much higher population of insects and animals but these creatures usually tend to stay out of the way of humans. A commonly spotted snake in Seychelles is  the Wolf Snake; though venomous, their venom is relatively mild and can be treated easily. Seychelles is free of deadly poisonous snakes, spiders and scorpions. The only dangerous animal on the island is the 10cm Centipede, which is also quite rare. These creepy crawlies only appear at night to feed on insects and worms and a bite from a centipede is painful but not deadly which can be treated easily in the hospital.

Although the island is safe from deadly creatures, one should always take precautions when on holiday in a new environment. The ocean is unpredictable – wherever you are in the world. There are sharks, sea-snakes and jellyfish but rest assured as millions of people swim and bask on the beach without encountering any danger.

It is good to keep in mind that there are many conditions that can take place when travelling with your friends or family but you can rest assured that your kids will be safe when  it comes to the plant and animal life in Seychelles.

If you are about to embark on a trip to the Seychelles, Kreol Services can assist in finding you and your fellow travellers with a safe form of transport. We provide car rentals that will suit your itinerary. If you are stuck with any questions or queries – do not hesitate to contact us today!

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