And how crazy expensive: About $100,000 just for a Southern Pacific bite if you have any assets and no insurance. Oops, there goes your house! I can't imagine the bill for an Eastern Diamondback bite.

No human bites in my family, but I've paid for about 6 dogs to get antivenin @ $2000 a pop!

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It's just one environmental disaster after another down here these days.

That's been my impression of Florida for a while now. There was a science-fiction series a few years ago where some alien creatures came down during a hurricane and started taking over human bodies so subtly that their hosts were not even aware it happened. Until an amputee showed up with his foot grown back! It was an effective metaphor for all the environmental disasters you guys have to live with.

BTW: Outdoor cats last about one night in my neighborhood. Coyotes.