Bent's RV Blog

  • Published on Aug 14, 2015

    We love Louisiana and think it’s the best state in the world! However, because of it’s location, there can be some harmful dangers when you are enjoying the outdoors. Camping in Louisiana offers amazing views, great water, fun activities and much more. But you do need to be aware of your surroundings. Located in the Bayou, a lot of plants and animals might not be what you are used to when you camp. We are here to guide you through the perils that you may encounter so that you can always be safe and have as much fun as possible!

    Top Camping Dangers

    Nuisance Alligators

    If you are Louisiana born and bred, you understand that most alligators are afraid of humans more than we are afraid of them. If you see an alligator, you should assume that it won't bother you, but you should always be careful around them. Most alligators will move on and go about living, but some decide that your residence is the place to be. When alligators station themselves by houses for more than a couple days, these are classified as nuisance alligators. These alligators might hiss when you are too close, but they aren't seeking humans to harm.

    If you experience an alligator living close to you and you fear it has lost its fear of humans, call a nuisance alligator hunter and they will remove it for you. 

    Snakes 

    Copperhead

    Copperhead snakes are one of the more prominent venomous snakes in all of Louisiana. Found pretty much anywhere, copperheads are usually beige or tan and are excellent at keeping themselves camouflaged. They are the most active in the summertime and late at night. 

    Cottonmouth

    The most prominent species in Louisiana, Cottonmouth snakes are found throughout each county in the state. Easy to spot, cottonmouth snakes usually hang out in or around swamps and bodies of water. Their color is mostly dark brown, but it could also look black. They have some distinguishing features as well on the side of their heads, which is a white line from their eyes to their mouth. The most common time that they strike is when they feel threatened. Defensive snakes like the Cottonmouth should never be messed with, so take extra caution. 

    Canebrake Rattlesnake

    The Canebrake Rattlesnake is probably the most recognied rattlesnake in Louisiana. Measuring anywhere betweens 25-70 inches, this rattlesnake can be very large! Look for the reddish stripe down the middle of its beige or brown back and a brown band from the eye to mouth. These snakes normally live in wooded areas and can be discovered when overturning logs. There peek time is mid-spring and they usually start hibernating in the fall.

    Plants

    Besides the obvious poison ivy, Louisiana features some poisonous plants as well.

    Oleander

    The plant oleander is considered a poisonous plant because it features oleandrin and oleandrigenin. These two things can be extremely toxic if ingested, so stay clear!

    The toxic levels of the plant caused nearly 1,000 people to get treated for contact with the oleander plant. The good news is that less than 10 human deaths have ever been reported as a direct cause of oleander. The best advice for this plant and others is to not ingest them unless you are 100% sure what type of plant it is. 

    Bent's RV

    We hope that this blog helps you campers stay safe! If you need any help along the way when camping in the Bayou, give Bent's RV a call! We have a great service department and a parts store that carries everything you need to hit the road!

     

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