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  • Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted January 19, 2014
    Nicaragua is home to rattlesnakes, other vipers and coral snakes. Caution should be taken when hiking in the jungle or in tall grass. Construction debris should be removed immediately after discard.
     
    I might add that there is no more danger in Nicaragua than any place in the States. Reasonable care should be taken when dealing with any animal.  I’ve had closer contact with dangerous snakes in the US than in Nicaragua.
  • Jonathan Butcher of NICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted July 23, 2014

    Nicaragua is home to many exotic animals; however, which animal you may be close to depends on where you want to live. I live on the Pacific Coast which is very dry and seems to be home to many animals that would live in arid climates. While humidity is still high (which breeds all of the fun insects), we also have the joys of scorpions, snakes, ants, iguanas and frogs.
     
    I've been stung several times by the scorpions, and while they are unpleasant creatures, the ones we have here are not too poisonous. I have never seen a poisonous spider. The creatures that bother me the most are the mosquitos and ants. We have a lot of varieties.
     
    I've had dengue once (same as West Nile Virus in the U.S.). It is carried by mosquitos, and there is no medication for it. You just have to drink a lot of fluids and deal with the pain in your bones.
     
    You don't have to worry about the big ants. They are harmless. The little black ants bite hard and leave a toxin that itches worse than a mosquito bite. It makes gardening very challenging!
  • Ctenosaura_similis Spiny-tail Iguana reptiles animals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are poisonous reptiles, snakes, insects and other dangerous animals in Nicaragua. Definitely snakes. We have rattlesnakes. We have three other poisonous snakes here. No insects; just mosquitoes. You have nothing to worry about bugs.

    Scorpions can be an issue sometimes. Truthfully, the most dangerous animal is the mosquito.

    Scorpions in houses are not an issue. For example, in Morgan’s Rock, in our place, we are surrounded by a forest. We just have to be on the lookout. In San Juan del Sur, you don’t, because its not in the forest.

    You won’t find snakes on a normal day. You would really have to head into the forest to find them.

     
  • Frank Martínez of DISCOVER Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted December 12, 2014
    We don’t have sharks in the waters of Nicaragua, but we do have currents. Currents are very treacherous. So you have to ask before going in. You have to respect the sea. Ask how the currents are and how often does the tide go in and out. That way, you know what to expect of the sea. Wherever you go here along the 550 kilometers of coast (341 miles) in Nicaragua, it varies a lot from one place to another.
     
    We do have bays like San Juan Del Sur, so the currents do not get in and there are no animals. The most that you will get is a bass. You hardly ever hear about anybody being attacked by a shark. We don’t have sharks in the Pacific coast.
  • Lucy Valenti of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted July 09, 2014

    Unless you go to the undeveloped areas of the countryside, mountains, or jungles, in general, there are no dangerous animals for you to be concerned about in Nicaragua.  So, for example, if you go to the main cities of Leon, Granada, Managua, San Juan del Sur, the beaches, the national parks or private reserves, or to any of the main places where tourists go, you won’t find dangerous animals.
  • Up in the mountains of Nicaragua, there are three species of poisonous snakes.  Personally, my hotel is in an extremely beautiful area, but that some people would say is "in the middle of nowhere" in Masatepe, and I have seen snakes around the property, but none of them poisonous.  Only once have I seen a coral snake.  However, in the more developed towns and cities of Nicargua, you don’t see snakes at all.  Confrontations with snakes or other dangerous insects, animals, reptiles, etc., in Nicaragua is just an issue when you’re in a remote location, deep in the jungle.  Otherwise, you won’t see them.
  • Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted December 04, 2014

    stingray Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are a variety of different snakes, insects, and arachnids inside of Nicaragua. I wouldn’t say that they are all poisonous, but I am sure that a few of them are. I have been bitten by a few different ones and I can say that they are nothing too dangerous, but it was really painful.
     
    We have hornets and wasps at times just like in any other tropical region. I got bitten by a big red hornet the other day and it hurt a lot! It was like a nasty bee sting. I was fine; I was not allergic. I also got bitten by scorpions in the past and that was pretty painful. If you get bitten by a scorpion, your foot will swell up for a couple of days but then it goes away. Once, I slightly stepped on a stingray in the ocean and that was very painful. They used some sort of an anti-coagulant venom to stop the bleeding.
     
    Those are the three most common animals that you can get bitten by. There are also a few different snakes that can be poisonous, but for the most part, I have not encountered any of them. They are not something that you will see every day.
     
    The average person should not worry about any of these when going about their daily activities. If you have a house in a remote area surrounded by jungles, it might be a good idea to clean your sheets every once in a while just to make sure nothing is in there.
     
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