In the past couple of publications of the Traveler we’ve discussed the potential comeback of mountain lions and a growing population of black bears.

This month I thought it would be interesting if we took a look at some ominous species just on the edge of the Ozarks.  Alligator from public domain U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Now, some of these species might already inhabit a few small corners of the Ozarks. But for the most part, if you call the Ozarks home, you’ll have to venture out a little further if you want a realistic chance of encountering one.

I’ll start with a rather fearsome looking invertebrate. The giant red-headed centipede has been gaining some Internet stardom recently. A homeowner in Texas recently found a large specimen and snapped a shot of one holding on to the end of a broom. That picture has been striking fear into many Southern Midwesterners, maybe justifiably.

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