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Critters to avoid

Critters to avoid

Living in desert areas like Arizona, California, Nevada etc; sometimes we humans forget that we live amongst some pretty nasty creatures who have no sympathy for us when it comes to their territory.  Many of us may want to just stomp on the critters and run away, it’s not always necessary to go straight for the kill. There are several desert dwellers that we need to be careful of however here are just a few.

First, the Mohave green rattlesnake. This snake can reach up to seven feet and is one of the deadliest snakes in the desert. The Mohave green rattlesnake has venom chalk full of neurotoxic and hemotoxic venom. It can be spotted by the diamond shaped pattern on it’s back and it’s green or brown coloring.

Poisonous spiders such as the brown recluse are also desert dwellers. While typically they stay out of a human’s way, if they are threatened or surprised, they will bite. Their venom is not fatal, however if left untreated the bites can be a cause of major concern. Unlike the brown recluse, black widows can be fatal to children and animals in rare circumstances. Typically black widows will keep to themselves and only bite when they feel as they are under attack.