There are many different types of poisonous animals
and critters that inhabit Florida. They can be dangerous and sometimes
deadly to people who can come in contact with them. Parents can
help to prevent injuries from poisonous animals by carefully monitoring
their children during play. Below are a list of poisonous animals
indigenous to Florida:
Snakes have the unfortunate reputation of being vicious and aggressive.
Actually, most are shy creatures preferring to be left alone. They
attack only to protect themselves. They use venom primarily to
kill food and usually will not waste it on an animal too large
to kill. Always wear shoes or boots when hiking. Remember, if you
are close enough to identify a snake by its markings...you are
too close! The following are poisonous snakes found in Florida:
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Canebreak Rattlesnake
- Pigmy Rattlesnake
- Coral Snake
- Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
here for more photos and information on the snakes listed
If you or a family member are bitten by any snake, call the Poison
Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If you are sure it is one
of the poisonous snakes listed here, call the Poison Information
or go to the nearest emergency department. DO NOT attempt to suck
the venom out of the victim. DO NOT apply a tourniquet. DO NOT
elevate the affected limb or apply ice to the bite area. Ask the
victim to lay down and remain calm.
Approximately 20,000 species of spiders live in the US. Almost
all are capable of biting but very few are capable of penetrating
human skin. Bites can be painful and may cause redness, swelling
and infection. In Florida, only the black widow and brown recluse
spiders are considered potentially dangerous.
Handling caterpillars may cause intense burning pain due to the
insect's spines becoming lodged in the skin. Severity of symptoms
depends on the maturity of the insect, the victim's sensitivity
to the spines, and the number of spines embedded in the skin. The
most common symptoms are redness, swelling, localized pain, itching
and rash. Never rub the site. Spines can be removed from the skin
by applying adhesive tape to the affected area and quickly removing
it. Call the Poison Information Center for treatment advice.
There are literally thousands of species of insects capable of
stinging. Fortunately, most of these insects are not dangerous.
Call the Poison Information Center for treatment advice. If a stinging
victim develops serious symptoms including flushing, swelling of
the face or shortness of breath, further medical attention should
be sought immediately.