Dangerous spiders and more

Most children love animals and insects, but a few of these creatures can potentially harm them. From South Africa’s diverse animal kingdom to the not-so-friendly fur baby, here are some tips on keeping your family safe when exploring nature or choosing a family pet:

Creepy crawlies

Depending on where you live, you may come into contact with some of these creatures. If you do, you’ll need to know how to recognise them and what to do if they sting, bite or simply freak you out:

Spiders and spider bites

Spiders and spider bites (gallery)

Scorpions and scorpion stings

Snakes and snake bites

Expert snake advice for parents

Bugs and bug bites

Bluebottles and bluebottle stings

The risk is probably miniscule, but these bigger beasts may come into contact with humans from time to time. Would you know how to react?

Are sharks a danger to your kids?

Hippo attack!

Now that you and your kids are safe in the wild, you may have concerns about safety around pets and other animals in the home. Most dogs are great pets, but not all dogs cope well around children (or children around dogs). You will need to teach you kids how to handle animals with care and respect.

Here are some tips on handling pet animals:

5 deadly pets for kids

Bad dogs for kids

Are dangerous dogs really dangerous?

Would you adopt a dangerous dog?

Top 5 family pets

11 tips for when dog meets baby

Don’t get us wrong, we do love animals! To prove it, here’s a delightful video of babies laughing at dogs to make you smile:

Babies laughing hysterically at dogs via Youtube/FunnyPlox

Does your child love nature?

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