Weird Nature Terrifying Creatures From Louisiana You Never Want To Encounter  

Hugh Landman
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Of all the creatures living in Louisiana, these are the most fearsome. Animals from Louisiana range from bugs that are smaller than an inch to prehistoric reptiles that grow to over 600 pounds. The creatures living in Louisiana include fearsome black bears and prehistoric-looking turtles, but the most dangerous creatures for humans are snakes, spiders, and insects. Particularly, the insects found in Louisiana can cause great harm to people by spreading disease and swarming and biting their human victims. 

Louisiana is also home to several creatures that seem harmless at first glance but are actually quite troublesome. For example, there is a giant swamp rat that poses a grave danger to the very land that the state sits on. While Louisiana is home to wondrous natural features, there are several creatures that visitors and residents alike should be wary of, so take a moment to get informed about these intimidating animals. 

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Brown Recluse Spiders


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For a small arachnid, the brown recluse is a terrifying creature and Louisiana is covered in them. The spiders are fond of hiding out amongst clothes or even in bed sheets. Worse still, their bites result in people looking like their skin is melting off and have even been known to cause unlucky victims to lose an ear. More amazingly, the spiders can live for several years with no food or water just waiting for the right moment to sink its fangs into an unsuspecting victim and make its flesh rot. 

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Canebrake Rattlesnakes


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One of the things that can fill you with venom in Louisiana is the canebrake rattlesnake. Aside from having a name that rhymes, the snakes just hang out all spring and summer coiled so that they can spring at anything coming by that they might want to eat, which happens to be mostly rodents. Sometimes they show up under people's houses, like the 68 inch one that was found under someone's home in New Orleans. In fact, during Hurricane Harvey people were advised to be on the lookout for the rattlers as they would be coming out and possibly getting closer to human dwellings in order to avoid rising waters. 

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Alligator Snapping Turtles


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The alligator snapping turtle is a gigantic amphibian that looks like it helped inspire the film Jurassic Park. These things can also become massive: the males can grow to be as large as 220 pounds! They also have a very odd way of hunting. When an alligator snapping turtle is hungry, it swims down a few feet, stays very still and sticks its tongue out. A passing fish or frog will confuse it for a morsel of food and end up on the menu for the ancient-looking turtle. Aside from being crafty hunters, they are also known for snapping at people, taking fingers and toes with them when someone gets too close or tries to handle one of the creatures.

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Alligators


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Alligators and Louisiana go together like sharp sticks and frogs. These things are giant and old. They claim a lineage going back over 300 million years and can grow up to 500 pounds and be 12 feet long. More terrifying still, there are more alligators in the state than anywhere else in the U.S. with a staggering population of over two million. As dangerous and scary as they look, not to mention the fact that they are giant, vicious killing machines, alligators have only ever killed one person in Louisiana

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