In Maryland we live our day to day lives (mostly) without fear. But did you know there are actually terrifying creatures and viruses that could potentially end your life? In most cases these can be avoided by staying away from dangerous situations and using common sense. Listed below are 11 terrifying things in Maryland that could potentially shorten your lifespan.
1. Fried Foods
This image may look more delicious than terrifying but diet plays a big role in heart disease. Here in Maryland, our fairs are always overflowing with fried foods, as well as easy access to fast food all over the state.
2. Northern Copperhead
The Northern Copperhead is the most common venomous snake in Maryland. They've been found in fields, swamps, forests, and even under piles of autumn leaves. Beware.
3. Driving in Maryland
You should always be on alert for road rage and impaired driving while out and about in Maryland. Vehicular fatalities have lessened each year but they're still an issue in the state.
4. Brown Recluse
A quick Google images search of Brown Recluse will tell you all you need to know about these horrifying arachnids.
5. Shoveling Snow
Shoveling snow when you're not in the best of shape can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Be cautious walking on ice as well, as falls send tons of Marylanders to the ER each year.
6. Timber Rattlesnake
The Timber Rattlesnakes venom is toxic to humans, but these animals prefer to stay away. If you come too close, the snake will warn you with it's rattle. If you continue to approach it after that, you've chosen your fate.
7. Deer Tick
Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme Disease which if treated right away, is not usually an issue. But if left untreated for a long amount of time, neurocognitive disorders, physical disabilities, and even death can occur.
8. West Nile Virus
There were a few cases of West Nile virus reported in Maryland last year. It's extremely rare, but still, make sure to wear your bug spray.
Baltimore has been described as the heroin capital of the US. This is especially dangerous when dealers try to cut costs by cutting their product with deadly chemicals.
10. Black Widow
Yes, Black Widows are in Maryland. And yes, they pack a deadly bite.
11. Flesh Eating Virus
Vibrio vulnificus is more common in the warmer months when flesh eating bacteria can thrive. You're more likely to get it when you have a cut on your body while entering infested waters. The bacteria can lead to amputation or death.
What other threatening things in Maryland would you add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments.