Image: Map of U.S. showing venomous animals per state – click on the image to enlarge.
One of the guys in our AZCDL group posted this map on social media. I’m not sure about the source of the data, but this map recognizes that we’re clearly the venomous critter capital of the U.S.
I did some more research on this and found that we have many venomous critters, most of which we’ve not seen here in our little corner of the desert.
Of the thirty or more venomous animals, we have only personally seen the following few:
- Bark Scorpions
- Mohave Rattlesnakes
- Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes
- Gila Monsters
- Colorado River Toads
To be accurate, the toad isn’t actually venomous, but secretes a toxin when handled which can cause problems (i.e. psychedelic hallucinations or illness or death) for the handler. Luckily, neither we nor our dogs have been affected by any of the venoms or toxins of the local wildlife.
Of all the dangerous critters in our desert, only a few are venomous. There are cougars, bears, javelina and coyotes around this area – all can be dangerous for us and/or the dogs. Fortunately, we have only seen the latter two species on our property; javelina and coyotes unless infected with something tend to shy away from two-legged mammals. In case any of the former species show up (bears or cougars) we’re always carrying our 9mm and .38 cal. protection to discourage any advances by them.