Dangerous Wildlife in the Southeast: A Guide to Safe Encounters At Home and in the Wild

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What you don't know can hurt you! Do you feel safe in the woods? At the beach? In your backyard? In your home? In clear and precise language, this meticulously researched reference describes which creatures and plants can cause you harm -- and when, why, and how to avoid them -- in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Most valuable of all, you'll understand what medical risks they present and how best to respond to a hostile ...
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Overview

What you don't know can hurt you! Do you feel safe in the woods? At the beach? In your backyard? In your home? In clear and precise language, this meticulously researched reference describes which creatures and plants can cause you harm -- and when, why, and how to avoid them -- in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Most valuable of all, you'll understand what medical risks they present and how best to respond to a hostile encounter. Bees, bears, sharks, snakes, spiders, mosquitoes, lizards, lice, poison ivy, ticks, fleas, elk, alligators, and more -- if they're where you live, they're in this book. A finely illustrated field guide, a natural history narrative, and an outdoor emergency medical manual all rolled into one book, Dangerous Wildlife in the Southeast provides regular doses of humor along with the serious advice. After all, part of dealing with potentially dangerous wildlife is getting over our instinctive fears, relaxing while remaining alert, and ultimately better understanding our natural world. Armed with this guide, you and your family will enjoy the natural world with informed confidence and peace of mind.
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"All of us, at one time or another, have been inhibited by fear of the natural world," says the practical, seemingly fearless and compassionate Bachleda (Blue Mountain). Luckily, "fear derives primarily from a lack of information," and once we learn the raisons d'?tre of scary things, our fear usually dwindles. Introducing the new Dangerous Wildlife series, this compendious guide does much to dispel the feelings of powerlessness and panic often provoked by sensationalized media coverage of, say, the recent spate of shark attacks along the eastern seaboard. Wasps, poisonous frogs, fire ants, tree-hole mosquitoes, scabies, tiger sharks, moth caterpillars, pit vipers and hundreds of others make cameos here and receive the appropriate respect and understanding. Readers learn where and when (to the time of day) they might encounter these creatures; the likelihood of a meeting; their physical and "personality" traits; their diet, habitat, reproductive practices, range and population size; whether or not it's necessary to visit the doctor when bitten or stung. It's true that familiarity can bring comfort, and Bachleda's calm approach to what many dread will inspire much confidence. A bibliography, a list of U.S. poison control centers and hundreds of color photographs round out this resource. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Bachleda's (Blue Mountain: A Spiritual Anthology Celebrating the Earth) new work is a rare find: a science reference that is comprehensive and loaded with relevant, accurate, and well-organized scientific data and yet so fascinating that you can't put it down. This volume on the dangerous reptiles and amphibians, insects and arachnids, mammals, plants, and seashore creatures of the Southeast is the first of a planned nine-volume set, to be released through spring 2003, that will cover all regions of the United States. Each section includes general natural history information on the particular type of wildlife; an in-depth explanation of how the animal or plant is dangerous; tips on identification, first aid, and avoidance; and a description of each of the dangerous species of that type of wildlife found in the region. The writing is suffused with humor, anecdotes abound, and the illustrations and photos are excellent. Essential for all academic and public libraries in the Southeast and highly recommended for large natural history collections throughout the United States. Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897323352
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Dangerous Wildlife - Menasha Ridge Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Lynne Bachleda, a resident of Fairview, Tennessee, is a freelance researcher and writer who has contributed to many national publications over the last two decades.

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This is the deadliest chapter.

If you are going to have a fatal or life threatening encounter with another creature, save another human, it will likely be an insect, or an arachnid. Some of this probability derives from the sheer number of these creatures. In the United States, there are approximately 91,000 known, or described, species of insects, plus an additional estimated 71,000 unknown species. What does this mean in terms of insect proximity? ¿A whole lotta crawlin,¿ creepin,¿ and flyin¿ goin¿ on.¿ // Soil samples in North Carolina five inches deep yielded an estimated 124 million animals per acre. Similar studies in Pennsylvania produced an estimated 425 million animals per acre. Likewise, if you walk through a grassy field you will likely be sharing the great outdoors with literally thousands of arachnids, spiders in this example, who, we hasten to add, almost definitely will not harm you.// Before the idea of these creepy crawlies overwhelms you, keep in mind several things. The vast majority of these creatures are not only beneficial to life on earth--they are absolutely essential to it.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Dedication xi
Introduction xiii
Reptiles & Amphibians 1
Snakes 2
Rattlesnakes 22
The "Moccasin" Family 27
Coral Snakes 30
Crocodilians 33
Turtles 44
Musk and Mud Turtles 50
Toads and Frogs 54
Salamanders 60
Insects & Arachnids 65
Bees and Wasps 68
Bees 82
True (Vespid) Wasps 83
Sphecid Wasps 86
Ants 90
Lice 96
Fleas 101
Mosquitoes 105
Flies 119
Black Flies 120
Deerflies and Horseflies 121
Midges 126
Caterpillars 127
True Bugs 130
Beetles 132
Spiders 135
Black Widow Spiders 138
Brown Recluse Spiders 142
Scorpions 149
Ticks 153
Mites 167
Chiggers 167
Scabies 169
Flora 173
At the Seashore 193
Sharks 194
Rays 209
Jellyfish and Their Relatives 215
Other Seashore Wildlife 222
Barnacles 222
Seashells 222
Sea Urchins 223
Segmented Worms 224
Shrimp, Squid, and Octopus 225
Sponges 226
Mammals 229
Biting Mammals 231
Opossums and Raccoons 242
Shrews 245
Bears 247
Black Bears 252
Charging Mammals 260
Elk 261
Feral Pigs 263
Scent-Spraying Mammals 266
Skunks 266
Mammal-Borne Diseases 270
Rabies 270
Tularemia 280
Hantavirus 282
Animals and Automobiles 288
Text Permissions and Acknowledgments 293
Photography and Illustration Credits 295
Selected Bibliography and Resources 302
Index 309
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