Stingrays Australia - Dangers and first aid

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KNOW THE ANIMALS

Stingrays
Species -
Over 35 species

Description

Stingrays are a triangular flat shape. With a tapering tail that is armed with one or more spines. Most of them donít have pelvic or dorsal fins. Stingrays are not usually aggressive. 

 



Habitat

Stingrays live in warm and tropical areas. As the climate gets cooler they move to deeper place.
Stingrays are not usually aggressive. They rummage on the sea bottom and only
attack if they have been stepped on or threatened. 

Diet

They feed on molluscs, small fish, worms and other little creatures.

Venom

Although stingrays are venomous, the major clinical problem is often related to mechanical trauma from the sting produce by the slender whipping tail.

It may produce severe penetrating injuries or and subsequent infection, including tetanus.   Envenomation may result in increasing local pain which may spread to involve the entire limb, with swelling and a characteristic bluish white appearance of the wound. Systemic symptoms are rare, but may include nausea and vomiting,  muscle cramps, diarrhoea, salivation, sweating, syncope, cardiac arrhythmias and convulsions.

Treat the wound as you would treat any deep penetrating injuries or sever laceration. 
Take the patient to the nearest medical centre for observation. Infection of the contaminated wound may develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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