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Florida, venomous snakes and poisonous spiders, gators and stinging insects


Dangerous venomous snakes and poisonous spiders, and insects in Florida.

More and more tourists and inhabitants of Florida are having their vacation ruined by venomous snakes, poisonous spiders and stinging insects.

The alarming increase is mainly due to the warmer climate and the influx of foreign goods.

Here are some of the worst types of insects, snakes and spiders that you may meet in Florida, which you may need to avoid.

Some spiders in Florida are venomous, none are poisonous, but some snakes in Florida are.

NEVER run fast from a snake, they could be startled and strike out. The venom may be toxic, so if bitten, do not attempt to suck out the poison.



Though these cute little animals may not sting or be poisonous, they are very dangerous and will take off a limb or leg quite easily.

Don't panic, there are not many alligator attacks in Florida. But you will occasionally find them in your swimming pool and by the beach, the alligators in Florida are saltwater alligators.

If an alligator is spotted, it should be reported to the local authorities as soon as possible. They will come and take it away.


Venomous Snakes Florida

Florida has approximately 50 different species of snakes which can be found all over the country.

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Snake bites are not common, and if medical attention is received very shortly after the initial bite, anti-venom can be administered.

There are only six types of venomous snakes in Florida

The coral snake is black and yellow, with a very long tongue.

The Florida Cottonmouth venomous snake, the Copperhead, which has a copper coloured head.

One of the worlds most famous families of snakes, the rattle snakes, are living in Florida.

There are three types of venomous rattle snakes in Florida, the Pygmy Rattler, the Eastern Diamond Back rattler and the Timber Rattlesnake.

No matter what snake you come across, best thing to do is leave it alone, unless it is in your bedroom, then I suggest you run away and call in the experts.

In Florida venomous snake bites are easily cured in a hospital or medical centre, but if you are not near one, do not attempt to suck out the poison, it could actually make it worse.

Take anti-histamines, apply cool compress, and seek medical help as soon as possible. Venomous snakes in Florida, the poison can spread through your body, get help.


Spiders of Florida

The spiders in Florida number 2 venomous spiders in Florida, not that many really considering the climate.

The black Widow family of venomous spiders live in Florida, namely the Southern Black Widow, the Red Widow and the Brown Widow spiders.

These all give a nasty little nip and the best thing to do if bitten is take an anti-histamine tablet and go to a medical centre. Some bites can cause a limb to swell to three times the normal size as the venom spreads.

The other main spiders in Florida are the Brown Recluse Spiders, although not really established in Florida, this venomous spider has bitten quite a few tourists, but again, no fatalities as yet.

If bitten by a venomous spider, or by any spider, try to capture it, either in a jar or even on the bottom of your shoe, take it to the hospital to show the doctors so you can get the right serum if required.


Stinging Insects in Florida

There are many of these in every country and Florida is no exception.

There are mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants, biting flies, deer flies, and horse flies, the list goes on and on.

Most of these insects can carry diseases, but the human body's immune system usually fights it off.

If you are stung by a wasp or bee, the area will swell and become reddish, which is normal. If other marks begin appearing within 20cm of the initial sting, and it should only take a couple of minutes, then there is an allergic reaction to the sting and the venom is being carried around the body and could be fatal.

If you, a child or some one you are with gets stung by a bee or wasp, watch closely for five minutes, if there are no other marks other than the initial sting, then okay, add a cool or cold compress of some kind.


Henry on August 22, 2016:

The posted picture of the snake on top (red,black,yellow) is a

King snake and is non-poisonous. King snakes have the Red and

Yellow bans separated by the Black bans.

In Coral snakes the Red and Yellow bans touch.

hameidinger on May 25, 2011:

Great information, Good job.

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on May 14, 2011:

Thanks for writing this. You are right about the wasps being deadly if they swarm and attack all at once. Yellowjackets are bad about that.

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