I always wanted to visit Balkan region, but I'm affraid of scorpions. As far as I searched there's plenty of those terrifying creatures, but none of species I found was poisonous. So I have two questions:

  1. Is my reasearch correct? Maybe I missed something
  2. What to do if I find a scorpion in vestibule of my tent (when I'm inside of it and don't have another exit)?
  • How big is a SS? How agile is it? How aggressive is it? Could you just sweep it out of the tent using a tee-shirt or knock it out with a branch? Or upend a plastic cup over it, slide a sheet of paper under the cup and dump the contents of the cup outside? And check your boots and shake out your clothes before putting them on.
    – ab2
    Sep 16, 2015 at 2:27

2 Answers 2


If you ask the net, you'll find some Serbian Scorpions. But I hope you'll never find one of these in your tent.

I was a few times in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia and have never a Scorpion in my tent. Also I don't know any scorpions from there being harmful/poisonous. Just be care full when entering your tent and keep the tent closed. If you want, you can put some lavender at the entrance and in your boots. My Serbian friend's mum put lavender below every window and every door at their datcha during the summer.

Besides: The sting of a balkan scorpion wont be worse than a wasp sting.


As a youngster I roamed a lot of times in nature in the former Yugoslavia, and I have seen a scorpion only once when I turned a heavy stone. It looks to me that scorpions there appreciate places where it's pretty cold in the warm South European summer. I've never heard any local people complaining about scorpions.

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