Some of us Texans like to believe we’re unstoppable. It’s just part of the Lone Star State’s strain of idealism. When things get hot and the going gets tough, we just grit our teeth and get ready to take on whatever challenge comes our way. Our state’s history is full of rebels, frontiersmen, cowboys, and other brave and bold figures that didn’t shy away from danger and conquered great obstacles. But, believe it or not, there’s even a limit to what a born and bred Texan can do, and some things deserve our humility and respect, whether we’d like to give it or not. It’s not a matter of choice but of self-preservation. Don’t go fooling around with these dangerous creatures if you know what’s good for you.
Also known as pumas, mountain lions, panthers, and catamounts, these big cats may be unmatched in ferocity and menace, at least in the state of Texas. If you don’t want to become cougar chow, don’t go wandering the brushlands of south Texas alone. Also, avoid the wilds of the Hill Country. Although cougars rarely attack humans, they go straight for the kill when they do.
Watch where you swim. You just might be in alligator territory. Generally, alligators are not aggressive creatures; however, they know how to camouflage well, which makes them easy to stumble upon accidentally. They have the most powerful bite of any animal, so if you don’t want a piece missing from your leg, you best stay clear of these oversized lizards.
Wild hogs were originally brought to this country by Spanish explorers as domesticated animals. Some escaped, bred over the years, and created the feral population we have today. They tend to avoid humans but can be extremely aggressive if approached, especially during mating season. They have sharp tusks they can use to puncture your legs or worse. An encounter can most certainly turn fatal if one doesn’t practice proper caution.
Portuguese Man O’ War
Not all dangerous creatures have horns, claws, and teeth. The Portuguese Man O’ War may look alien or even rather harmless. However, it has venomous tentacles that can deliver stings that cause excruciating pain, and sometimes, death. Next time you go out on a leisurely ocean swim, make sure to avoid what looks like little blue jellyfish floating on top of the water.
The personal injury attorneys at Brown Trial Firm, PLLC encourage you to keep on being Texas strong. But don’t get too big of a head, or else nature might just bite you in the caboose.