Before you read on, make note of the fact that there is really no malicious intent behind these so-called “dangerous animals” or any other animal for that matter. They operate on instinct, meaning their behavior is for the most part reactive to the environment and their needs.
Animals are generally afraid of humans, seeing as we’re probably the most dangerous and capable species on the planet when it comes down to it, and they only attack when they feel threatened or are in desperate situations. So don’t think that they’re out for murder; they probably don’t even have the cognitive ability to understand such a concept. Just remember to be respectful to nature. As long as you’re not reckless or disruptive while you’re out in the wild, you will most likely go through life without ever being attacked by one of these dangerous animals.
Now let’s move on.
Texas is known to be the land of the rugged, the wild, and the strong. Certainly, many tough human folk call the Lone Star State home, but they’re not the only ones who have a claim to the sprawling territory within the state’s boundaries. There are plenty of Texan creatures that can go toe to toe with any cowboy if they are given reason. Here’s a list of the some of the most dangerous animals you can find in the canyons, fields, forests, coasts, and other natural regions in Texas.
That’s One Big Cat
Cougars go by many names, including puma, mountain lion, panther, and catamount. If you look hard enough, you might be able to spot these ferocious felines in the Hill Country, the brushlands of the south, or throughout the Trans-Pecos, although you may not want to. They very rarely attack humans, but when they do, they go straight for the neck. They’re fast, fierce, big-toothed creatures. If an aggressive cougar approaches you, do not run or play dead. Instead, be brave and maintain eye contact, shout, and throw sticks and stones to scare it away.
One Creepy Crawler with a Nasty Bite
The brown recluse, also known as the “fiddleback,” may be small, but its venomous bite can pack quite a punch. It can be identified by the violin-shaped mark on its back. More fortunate bite victims experience little to no pain and that’s that. However, some suffer excruciating pain, and if that weren’t enough, a necrotizing ulcer at the bite site, which can develop into gangrene and permanent tissue damage if left alone. For your sake, do not Google image search brown recluse bites. You might just lose your lunch, and your nerves.
Watch Your Step While You Wade Through the Water
The sun is out, the sand is warm, and the water is cool. What can go wrong in such an ideal beachside setting? Well, not much, but if you decide to go out wading through the refreshing water, just make sure to look before you step. Many different classifications of stingrays can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re docile creatures that like to rest on the sandy and rocky bottoms of the ocean floor. However, they may feel threatened if stepped on and strike the unlucky person with its tail, which contains a poisonous barb. The effects of the venom include severe pain, weakness, and fatigue. Combined with the ocean setting, such effects can prove fatal.
The attorneys at the Austin-based legal firm of Peek & Toland, L.L.P. hope you found this blog both informative and entertaining!