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Making money by catching scorpions with bare hands

 VietNamNet Bridge – To earn a living, people in Bay Nui of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang are willing to do a dangerous job: catching scorpions, millipedes, spiders and snakes.

VietNamNet Bridge – To earn a living, people in Bay Nui of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang are willing to do a dangerous job: catching scorpions, millipedes, spiders and snakes.


Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Bay Nui is the only place in the southwestern region that has many species of reptiles and insects with venom like scorpions, millipedes, tiger spiders, and snakes.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Mr. Nguyen Van Cuong, a resident in the town of Nha Bang, Tinh Bien district, has been a scorpion catcher for nearly five years.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Scorpions usually live in rock caves or the porous soil layer under rotten leaves. The best time for catching scorpions is a sunny day and in the early rainy season. During this time, one person can catch 100 to 150 scorpions a day.

 

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Every day, Cuong goes along the cassava fields or mounds in orchards to find scorpion caves. Cuong’s tools are a ladle and a small plastic bucket.

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Catching scorpions with bare hands is dangerous. Cuong can earn just VND3,000-VND5,000/scorpion.

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Scorpion catchers said only experts can find scorpion caves.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

According to Cuong, a cave usually has two scorpions, a male and a female but there are up to six to seven scorpions in some caves. “Scorpions are very fast and cruel at night but during the day they just stay at one place and do not bite. To catch scorpions, the catcher has to press the scorpion tails down not to be bitten,” Cuong said.

 

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Mr. Tran Van Thom, in O Lam commune, Tri Ton district, said in Bay Nui in the last 5 years this species has been declining because they have become a specialty at restaurants and a medicine. 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Many people in Bay Nui also hunt centipedes. But this species is very rare, so they can only catch several centipedes/day.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

The price for this species is also more expensive than scorpions. A large centipede is priced from VND40,000 to VND50,000 ($2-2.5) and they are mainly used as medicine (being soaked in alcohol).

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

The tiger spider species in Bay Nui is also getting rare. The price for this species is similar to centipedes.

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Click beetles are used as a medicine for men. The price is VND1,500 to VND2,000/beetle. This beetle lives on coconut trees or in rotten trees.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Dried flying geckos are sold for VND40,000 ($2)/three geckos.

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Queen termites are caught from the forest to be soaked in alcohol. A small jar of queen termite alcohol is VND60,000 - VND80,000 ($3-$4).

 

 

 

 

Kiếm tiền với nghề đáng sợ: Tay không bắt bò cạp

Tinh Bien insect market is the place for gathering and selling of these species. 


Photo: Zing

Le Thuy

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