Which Florida animals are the most dangerous? Interacting with these creatures can turn deadly


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There are many animals in Florida that can kill you. OK, we could not stack up towards the wilds of Australia, however we maintain our personal.

Here are simply a few of them.


What’s a listing of Florida’s deadliest creatures with out alligators? These historical monsters can definitely kill you and there have been many tales of great accidents. Now they usually will not assault you if you happen to aren’t invading their territory …. then once more, Florida is just about their territory.

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Yes, Florida has crocs in addition to gators. But these guys, which usually are larger than gators, are shy and reclusive and reside primarily alongside the South Florida coast in brackish or saltwater areas. These aren’t the enormous crocs you see on YouTube grabbing a water buffalo in Africa however you additionally would not wish to meet one in a darkish, brackish, saltwater alley.

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Sharks get a nasty rap (Thank you Peter Benchley) however reality is most shark bites do not kill folks. Experts consider sharks don’t have any style for human flesh; they only confuse us for feed fish, and normally let go once they get a style. While most sharks off Florida’s coast aren’t huge (spinners and black suggestions), some larger sharks like hammerheads, bulls and tigers do get near shore at instances. Is it secure to go in the water? The odds are in your favor … most of the time.

Snakes, together with the Burmese python, invading the Everglades

Of the 44 species of snakes in Florida, solely six are venomous, in accordance with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Those could be completely different species of cottonmouths and rattlesnakes and the small and colourful jap coral snake, which occurs to look similar to the non-venomous king snake. If you are a Floridian you already know the rhyme to distinguish between a king and coral snake which is which: “Red meets black, buddy of Jack; pink meets yellow, deadly fellow.”

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Then in fact there’s the Burmese python, which isn’t native to Florida however has unfold far and huge in the Everglades. While not venomous, they’re constrictors and can present a nasty chunk.

Anacondas, non-native constrictors like the python, additionally reside in Florida, although there have been comparatively few sightings: largely round central and north central Florida, in accordance with the FWC.

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The greatest cats in Florida, they are 5 to 7 toes lengthy and can weigh between 60 to 160 kilos. They reside primarily south of Orlando and are endangered. But these felines aren’t like lions on the savanna or tigers in the jungle. In reality, there’s been just one occasion of a possible panther assault in Florida; In 2014, a hunter mentioned he was attacked. Because he was sporting a number of layers, he wasn’t severely injured.

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These predators can reside surprisingly near dense inhabitants areas and so they are associated to wolves, however they are much smaller (18 to 44 kilos). They’ll keep away from people in any respect prices, however small pets? While not a part of their regular food regimen, they may turn into lunch for a coyote.

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A coyote walks along the grassy shoulder of South Ocean Blvd. near  Sloan's Curve on October 12 , 2020 in Palm Beach, Florida.

A coyote walks alongside the grassy shoulder of South Ocean Blvd. close to Sloan’s Curve on October 12 , 2020 in Palm Beach, Florida.


They’re really extra ubiquitous in Florida than you’d suppose. They’re not recognized to assault people nevertheless it has occurred. An aged couple in Fort Lauderdale was attacked supposedly by a bobcat a couple of years in the past, although they suffered minor accidents; bobcats, in any case, aren’t that huge (between 25 and 35 kilos). They’re really frequent round city house complexes as a result of trash in outdoors receptacles attracts rats and different rodents, which bobcats like to eat.


There are black bears throughout Florida, however most reside in the Panhandle, components of north Florida, components of central and the southwest. And they are typically arduous to catch sight of. While it is by no means sensible to agitate any wildlife, we’re fortunate in that we probably have the least aggressive of the main bear species. But what do you have to do if you happen to encounter a bear? Another rhyme that can assist you resolve: “If it is black, battle again; if it is brown lay down (and play useless); if it is polar, overlook it, it is over.” So no polar bears. At least we’ve that going for us … which is good.

Do you reside close to bears? Use this interactive map, supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Black bears in the wild are omnivores, meaning they eat animal protein and plant material

Black bears in the wild are omnivores, that means they eat animal protein and plant materials


Florida has every kind, however bites aren’t life-threatening, except it is from the Black Widow, the most venomous spider in North America.

A Palamedes swallowtail struggles in the web of a silver argiope spider that was spun between the leaves of a Dracaena marginata, or Madagascar dragon tree, in the Sunset Ridge neighborhood of Lake Worth Beach on Friday, August 13, 2021.

A Palamedes swallowtail struggles in the net of a silver argiope spider that was spun between the leaves of a Dracaena marginata, or Madagascar dragon tree, in the Sunset Ridge neighborhood of Lake Worth Beach on Friday, August 13, 2021.


Florida’s tropical local weather is ideal for lizards, however none of our native or invasive lizards are venomous or large enough to noticeably harm you. But if you happen to’re new to the space, you could be shocked at the measurement of a few of them: like iguanas, anoles, Argentine black and white tegus, nile displays and Peter’s rock agama lizards.

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The cane toad, often known as the bufo, large or marine toad, is an enormous invasive amphibian that are toxic to most animals that attempt to chunk or eat them.

A cane toad in Matt Jagielski's backyard in western Port St. Lucie, Fla., exudes a white toxin  near the sacs on its left side.

A cane toad in Matt Jagielski’s yard in western Port St. Lucie, Fla., exudes a white toxin close to the sacs on its left facet.


Their sting will get your consideration. Some folks can develop gentle rashes; some who are suffering excessive allergic reactions can even die. Just avoid them, whether or not in the water or if you happen to see them washed on the seashore as a result of these stingers may nonetheless be working.

A jellyfish floats past one of the concrete structures that comprise an artificial reef located offshore of Beach Acesss #4 on Okaloosa Island.

A jellyfish floats previous one in all the concrete buildings that comprise a synthetic reef positioned offshore of Beach Acesss #4 on Okaloosa Island.

Kimberly Miller is a veteran journalist for The Palm Beach Post, a part of the USA Today Network of Florida. She covers climate, local weather and the atmosphere and has a certificates in Weather Forecasting from Penn State. Contact Kim by electronic mail at at or on Twitter at @KmillerWeather.

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