Texas messes with you

Alaskan couple arrives in the Permian Basin — bless you, energy boom — and local rep notes that wildlife is a bit different just off I-20:

Her: You … have rattlesnakes?

Me (hoping to defuse the situation): Oh, but don’t worry about them. The scorpions generally kill them before there’s a problem.

Well, I feel better.


  1. Jess »

    10 January 2013 · 10:35 am

    We have some dangerous critters in Texas:

    Every poisonous snake known to the U.S.
    Black Widow Spiders
    Brown Recluse Spiders
    African Hybridized Bees
    Fire Ants
    Mountain Lions

    We even have two plants – pitcher and sun dew – that kill and eat their prey.

    If none of those get you, the killer heat and cold north wind are another threat.

  2. fillyjonk »

    10 January 2013 · 11:51 am

    Jess, you forgot giant ferocious wild boars. (And we have pretty much everything else you listed in Oklahoma)

    Texas: the Australia of the U.S.

  3. McGehee »

    10 January 2013 · 1:49 pm

    We have scorpions in Georgia, but they’re tiny, like damp places, and apparently cause less trouble with their stings than your average non-fire-type ant.

    I still treat them with more respect than they deserve, though. Wouldn’t want to get out of practice in case I ever end up in Texas to stay.

  4. GradualDazzle »

    11 January 2013 · 8:26 am

    It’s why we like to keep the big guns handy ’round here.

  5. Tatyana »

    11 January 2013 · 12:31 pm

    Ha! measly scorpions. We have fat rats promenading subway platforms.
    [precise species deliberately left ambiguous]

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