Poisonous creatures are coming out of hibernation this time of year in Arizona. This includes the dreaded rattle snake. The sound of a rattlesnake can send chills down your spine, but it’s the sound of spring in Arizona. Coral snakes are also found in the desert.
Gila Monsters are also making their rounds. The Gila Monster is a large, heavy- bodied lizard reaching over one foot in length. The head is large, with small, beady eyes; the tail is short and fat. Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards known to occur in the world. Unlike rattle snakes, Gila Monsters only live in desert areas, and cannot be found in the mountains.
Poisonous spiders to look for include black widows, brown recluse and tarantulas. And don’t forget scorpions. Also the Arizona desert centipede is found both in the desert and the mountains. And remember, all bees in Arizona are Africanized and have caused some human deaths.
All the above are venomous (poisonous)
I have encountered a few rattle snakes, mainly babies. Do not get too close and there will be no problem. Coral snakes are small, 18″ or less, and only have a little venom to kill rodents, etc. Medical attention is needed for rattle snake bites. If bitten, do not run. That will only get the venom further in your system. Get to a medical facility as soon as possible!
Gila Monsters avoid humans. Venom not deadly, but can be painful.
Black widows and the brown recluse have enough venom to cause serious pain, and rarely even death. You need medical attention if bitten from one of these.
I have encountered scorpions, tarantulas and a swarm of killer bees. Scorpions have a painful sting but you would have to purposely grab one to get stung. Tarantulas look scary but are actually harmless. Very little venom. Same with desert centipedes (which actually kill tarantulas).
Killer bees are not harmless. They will sting you relentlessly if they feel threatened. You don’t need to be afraid of individuals but if you interfere with their swarm, which they do when looking for a new home, or get too close to a hive, they will attack. The only thing that will save you is running as far and fast as you can. They will follow you for up to a quarter mile. Diving in water will not work. They will wait for you to resurface.
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