Continuing with my apparently belated (Second?) Halloween theme, here are:
14 Terrifying Things In Florida That Can (And Just Might) Kill You
Florida is sometimes considered America’s Australia. No, not because it was founded by convicts and outcasts–because of all the stuff here that can kill you. Here are a few of our favorites (just kidding, they’re terrifying):
Flickr/PurpleTulips (Grace & Ray) – We don’t just talk about them all the time. Gators really are in almost every lake, river and swimming hole in Florida. They usually don’t favor the cold water where people like to swim, but they do occasionally attack, and even kill, people.
10. The Water
Flickr/Jessica Whittle – If all these terrifying animals in the water don’t kill you, the water itself can still do the job. Rip current is a big problem, especially for weak or inexperienced swimmers, so always, always pay close attention to kids at the beach. If you’ve ever been caught in one of these, you know it’s really scary.
Flickr/U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region – Though we don’t talk about it too often, Florida is at risk for wildfires. I remember as a kid seeing ash fall from the sky (still never seen snow here), and learning it was caused by nearby wildfires.
Flickr/Random McRandomhead – There are a few scary insects you can stumble upon in Florida, such as the Brown Widow seen here. Luckily, deaths from insects like these are much less likely these days, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t educate yourself on local wildlife and what to do in an encounter.
Flickr/Richard Elzey – Most of us are used to it down here, but that doesn’t change the fact that extreme heat (and dehydration) can kill. So please, everyone, take precautions and keep yourself and family members safe.