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Terrifying Creatures From Louisiana You Never Want To Encounter

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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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    Alligators

    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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    Alligator Snapping Turtles

    Alligator Snapping Turtles
    Photo: Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    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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    Mosquitoes

    They might just seem annoying and slightly painful when they bite but mosquitoes are terrifying creatures. The insects are everywhere in hot, humid, rainy Louisiana and pose a threat to people living in the state. Mosquitoes transmit West Nile Virus, which has caused dozens of deaths in the state. In general the disease is treatable and has a low mortality rate, but the flu-like symptoms that it does manifest are unpleasant to say the least.

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    Fire Ants

    Fire Ants
    Photo: Stephen Ausmus / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Ants typically are seen as a nuisance that show up to ruin picnics or spoil other outdoor fun. There is one type of ant found in Louisiana that is much more trouble than other ants: the dreaded fire ant. Usually their bites are just irritating, but they nearly killed a 13 year-old in Louisiana in 2009. After sustaining hundreds of bites, Patrick Dodson's face was swollen and his mother took him to the hospital. The venom caused his heart to stop twice and he was placed on a ventilator to help him breathe. It was later learned that Patrick had a rare response to the bites which less than 1% of people experience.

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