Dangerous Creatures

Okinawa is a tropical island and has its shape of dangerous animals, particularly sea animals. On land, there are poisonous snakes.

Habu Snakes

(1) about Habu Snakes
The Habu is a venomous and dangerous snake on Okinawa. The snake is dark green and yellow with a triangular head, whitish thick belly, firm tail, measuring up to 2M (6.5ft). Habus are often found in isolated rural areas, around tombs, sugar cane fields, caves, and stone walls.

(2) Treatment
If bitten, remember to bind the limb so that the poison cannot spread as quickly without totally cutting off blood circulation.
Call 119 for an ambulance immediately.
There is no danger in sucking the venom out of the wound with your mouth. You can spit it out if you accidentally swallow the venom it will simply be digested in your stomach you will experience irritation only if you have open sores in your mouth.
Please stay calm. If your heart rate increases, circulation of the poison will increase.

Box Jellyfish (Habu Kurage)

(1) about Box Jellyfish (Habu Kurage)
The peak of the “jellyfish season” is June to September. Box jelly fish are 12cm (4.5 inches) in diameter, and 1.5m (5 feet) long (including their tentacles.)

(2) Treatment

  • If stung, leave the water immediately.
  • Do not rub/wash with freshwater.
  • Pour lots of vinegar onto the wound to dilute the poison and remove any pieces of tentacles from your skin.
  • Cool off with some ice or cold water. Seek medical attention immediately.

There are other dangerous creatures in Okinawa mostly in the ocean. If you are not sure they are venomous, it is safe to keep a safe distance and make sure not to touch them. Please refer to following web-site for more information. (http://www.eikanken-okinawa.jp/english/leaflet_English.pdf)

Other venomous ocean creatures

Other venomous ocean creatures
- Luna lionfish (Mino kasago)
- Sea snake (Erabu Umi hebi or Irabuu in Okinawan dialect)
- Geography Cone (anbo inagai or habu gai)