Texas Warnings or Dangers
The second largest state in the U.S. after Alaska, Texas also draws in a significant number of tourists each year. This is a state of extremes in some ways, so watch the weather and animals that share it. Texas is the land of urban Dallas and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also the land of snakes and hail as large as your thumb.
Much of Texas is warm and dry. Bring water with you whenever you go, especially on long car rides so you don’t get stuck in the desert without it. When precipitation comes, it’s often fast and even mean. Hailstones can be hazard here as well as tornados. Consider reviewing what to do in the event of a tornado. Hurricanes are also common along the coast. If you’re here during during the height of the hurricane from August to October, pay close attention to the weather forecast and be prepared to evacuate.
Coastal waters have dangers that include sharks and jellyfish. Portuguese man-o-war are are seen in schools. Don’t touch them even when they’re dead. Prickly pear cacti look pretty but don’t get too close or you could easily wind up with a skin full of stings. Another creature you shouldn’t touch are tarantulas. If you see large red ants, stay away. They will sting you. Snakes are another common danger. Texas is home to several kinds of snakes that are known to be venomous. Watch for them when you’re out of the city or even stopping along a highway. You should get immediate medical attention for any bite.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Texas.