Arizona is well-known for its range of wildlife, including several venomous and poisonous species. Gila monsters, Sonoran Desert Toads, and rattlesnakes can all hurt and kill humans and animals. It is important to watch out for the following animals when walking a pet or hiking in the desert.
Gila monsters are one of the only venomous lizards in North America. They can reach up to 36 cm in length and can range in colors. They are slow-moving, but their bite is extremely painful, and the venom can cause a rapid drop in blood pressure.
There are at least 13 rattlesnake species that live in Arizona, which is more than any other state. Rattlesnakes can grow up to 66 inches long, depending on the specie. Most often, immediate medical attention can prevent a rattlesnake bite from being fatal in a human or large animal. However, it is always best to slowly walk away whenever the rattle is heard or a snake is seen.
Bees are most prevalent from the months of April to June, but they have been spotted during the colder months as well. Bees can swarm an animal or human in a matter of minutes. This is a dangerous situation that could result in severe injury or death. It is important to prevent animals bugging a bees’ nest or disturbing a lone bee.
Sonoran Desert Toads
The Sonoran Desert Toad is a poisonous toad that can kill a dog when ingested. It is very important to avoid any toads or frogs found in the desert.
Black Widow Spiders
Black widow spiders are thought to be the most venomous spiders in North America. Their venom can be as much as 15 times more toxic than rattlesnake venom. It is important to avoid black spiders with a telltale, red hourglass on their backs.
If there has been an accident or meeting with any of these dangerous creatures, then call Horizon Animal Hospital right away at (480) 800-4559. Bites and ingestions of these creatures can lead to dangerous consequences, so do not hesitate to call our office.