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"What To Beware Of In The Illinois Great Outdoors!" Top 5 Page for this destination Illinois Warnings Or Dangers Tip by deecat

Illinois Warnings and Dangers: 14 reviews and 6 photos

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by deecat

I don't want to discourage you from visiting all the wonderful outdoor opportunities in Illinois; however, I do want to be honest and warn you of:
a. In Southern Illinois there are many high bluffs and cliffs without fences or barriers. Take great care, especially if it's been raining.
b. Weather conditions change quickly in Illinois so be prepared.
c. Flash flooding may occur in canyon areas.
d. Extreme heat in summer, especially in the southern part of the state so beware of exhaustion and heat stroke.
e. Do not drink water from lakes, ponds, streams, & rivers, even if the water looks crystal clear.
f. When in unfamiliar territory, let someone know where you are going & when you plan to return.
g. Poison ivy is found in abundance in Southern Illinois. (3 leaves & red-looking stems)
h. Beware of ticks because they can cause Lyme Disease.
i. Beware of Chiggers (harvest mites)
They attach themselves to the opening of a hair shaft and inject saliva into the skin and feed for several days to obtain needed protein.
j. Mosquitoes all over Illinois, especially when it has been a rainy season.
k. Venomous snakes in southern part of state:
(1) Timber rattlesnake (yellow body with black V-shaped markings)
(2) Copperhead (bronze body & copper-colored head)
(3) Cottonmouth, an aquatic species. (black body with cotton-like white inside its mouth)
Note: When you see any snake, simply walk away. Do not try to kill it; that is how 75% of bites occur.
Remember, it's the plants & animals turf, not yours. Respect their homes.

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2004
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