The Puss Caterpillar
Remember playing with caterpillars as a kid and letting them crawl around your hands? Well, it turns out, that in some regions of the US, you want to be a lot more wary and cautious when playing with bugs. One in particular, the puss caterpillar, is known as a demon among creepy crawlers with a deceivingly cute appearance.
The puss caterpillar has several different names, including asp caterpillar, tree asp, and southern flannel caterpillar. It’s most commonly found in Texas apparently (which isn’t surprising since Texas seems to be a hot spot for a ton of poisonous, venomous, and dangerous organisms). The caterpillar resembles a fuzzy cotton ball but stings like five wasps. Brushing against its fur even slightly will result in an immediate and painful stinging sensation that can spread throughout the body in a matter of minutes without medical attention. The pain will usually go away in an hour or so and the sting mark in a day or so, but sometimes the symptoms can last longer. Basically, this little caterpillar packs quite a punch in its sting and it’s in your best interest to NEVER touch this thing or try to squish it without thick shoes on.
There are actually quite a few potently toxic caterpillars that are found in the US and all over the world, but I thought I’d outline this one since it looks so cute and cuddly (it’s probably why some are stung after picking the bug up thinking it’s a cotton ball). The actual adult form of this caterpillar looks really neat as well; in my opinion, it somewhat resembles a Pokemon, haha!
FACT AND FICTION ABOUT REPELLING SNAKES
I. FICTION (MYTH): POWDERED SULFER REPELS SNAKES?
FACT: SULFUR DOES NOT REPEL SNAKES.
In University tests sulfur alone has never been shown to repel any species of snakes, in fact when snakes cross a barrier of sulfur the sulfur may work its way under the snakes scales and irritate them, an irritated snake then becomes more aggressive and dangerous to humans and pets.
II. FICTION (MYTH): LIME REPELS SNAKES?
FACT: LIME HAS NEVER BEEN SHOWN IN TESTS TO REPEL A SNAKE.
Applying lime in an area to repel snakes may be hazardous to humans and pets. If lime becomes damp or wet, it becomes very caustic to humans and pets. It may even cause blindness. It will also cause severe skin burns to humans and all animals.