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Venomous Critters

Poison Centers get hundreds of calls every year regarding bites and stings. While they are uncomfortable, very few bites are life-threatening.

The main concern after an insect sting is an allergic reaction, which may come on quickly or gradually. Signs of allergic reaction may include: itching & swelling beyond the bite site, chest discomfort, difficulty breathing/speaking/swallowing, feeling faint/nervous.

If these problems occur, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. More people die from allergic reactions than from snakebite! People with allergies to insects should consult their physician regarding having medications such as Benadryl or an Epi-pen ready before a bite. For questions or emergencies, call our toll-free line 24 hours a day at: 1-800-222-1222.

For photos and information about Florida's venomous creatures, click on the links below:

Animals - Land

Fire Ant & Other Ants

Bees & Wasps
Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Florida Scorpions

Eastern Coral Snake
Pit Viper: Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths (Moccasins) and Copperheads

Black Widow Spider
Brown Recluse Spider

Stinging Caterpillars
Buck Moth Caterpillar
Flannel Moth Caterpillar
Hag Caterpillar
Io Moth Caterpillar
Puss Caterpillar
Saddleback Caterpillar
Spiny Oak-Slug Caterpillar
Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Animals - Aquatic

Stingrays, Catfish, Urchins, Stonefish, Scorpionfish and Lionfish

Jellyfish, Coral, Man-of-War and Anemones


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Venomous Critters

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