Wildlife in Slovenia - How to Stay Safe

If you're the adventurous type and heading to Slovenia, you'll most probably head to the Soca Valley for some extreme sports.

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The Soca River looks nice, doesn't it? Crystalline emerald waters, fresh from the mountains. It's tempting to jump in, isn't it?

Don't.

It's close to freezing. Even if it's a searingly hot day, the water is freshly-melted Alpine snow. The kind that numbs your toes in a few seconds. You'll feel the thermal shock of a lifetime. Hey, that might just be your thing. But be warned.

This goes for those planning to partake in some canyoning or rafting. Make sure you're physically fit and prepared for the icy sting of the river.

Tick Tick

Ticks are another problem in forested and long grass areas. In the summer, these can transmit encephalitis, Lyme disease and meningitis and they can also be a problem in winter, so don't think the cold weather keeps these bitey little beasts at bay. They can survive freezing temperatures!

Use tick repellents and wear long sleeves if hiking in wilderness areas.

In most diagnosed Lyme Disease cases, the tick has been fully embedded in the skin for 2-3 days, leaving a bulls-eye style mark. Always do a thorough check of yourself (and your travel partner) if you have been out into wilderness areas for ticks. Shake out your clothing, check your boots and backpack as ticks can sometimes sneak their way into these items. 

Snakes in the Grass

There are two species of venomous snakes in Slovenia, the horned viper and the asp viper.

It's very unlikely you'll be bitten. But if you are, note well the appearance of the snake and seek help.

Bites are hardly lethal, and you probably won't even need antiserum. But it's better to play it safe regardless.

Bear Aware

There are also bears in Slovenia, but attacks are exceedingly rare. If a bear knows you're coming it will simply scamper away. Make sure to make plenty of noise when hiking.

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