Photos: 25 ways Florida could kill you Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 25 Hugh Craigie WHAT: Lightning - Florida has more lightning per square mile than any other state 2 / 25 Burton McNeely WHAT: Hurricanes - Florida finds itself in the path of hurricanes every year. With a long coastline and low elevations, hurricanes pose a serious threat. 3 / 25 Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery WHAT: Sharks - By July 1, 2015, there have been 11 shark attacks in Florida, higher than any other U.S. state 4 / 25 Yvette Cardozo WHAT: Oysters - When eaten raw, certain health risks arise especially Vibriosis, an intestinal disease caused by small bacteria. 5 / 25 Mark Conlin WHAT: Bears - Bears have been a growing problem in Florida. The state brought back bear hunts to control the population. 6 / 25 John Macgregor WHAT: Coral Snakes - Though bites and fatalities are very rare, this venomous snake calls Florida home. 7 / 25 Joao Paulo Burini WHAT: Mosquitoes - Mosquito-born diseases are not uncommon in Florida including malaria and yellow fever reported from time to time. 8 / 25 James Gerholdt WHAT: Copperheads - While not common and seen mostly in the panhandle of Florida, this venomous snake's bite requires medical treatment. 9 / 25 Melinda Moore WHAT: Wild boars - Wild boar can be aggressive when cornered and some have tusks up to 6-inches long. 10 / 25 Kristian Bell WHAT: Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes - An urban legend claims that a 15-foot Eastern Diamondback was found in Florida. Though later proven to be false, this deadly snake can grow to 8 feet in length. 11 / 25 Kimberly Hosey WHAT: Black Widows - Black Widows are common across the United States. Four species of widow spiders are in Florida: southern black widow, the northern black widow, the red widow, the brown widow. 12 / 25 DenGuy WHAT: Florida Panthers - There has never been a fatal attack by a Florida Panther, but they are known to attack small animals including dogs and cats. 13 / 25 Shelly Chapman WHAT: Lionfish - The invasive Lionfish sting burns for hours and are common in Florida waters 14 / 25 Chua Wee Boo WHAT: Fire Ants - Fire ants are notorious for their painful, burning stings that result in pustules and intense itching. 15 / 25 MediaforMedical/Cdc WHAT: Naegleria fowleri (a brain eating parasite that causes the rare brain infection is most often found in warm freshwater) 16 / 25 Mark Kostich WHAT: Water Moccasins (Cottonmouths) - This venomous snake makes its home in the water. Though considered a shy snake, it's bite is quite serious and sometimes deadly. 17 / 25 Kerstin Meyer WHAT: Sting Rays - The Atlantic Stingray is often stepped on by the occasional beach goer in Florida. 18 / 25 Pool WHAT: Sinkholes - Sinkholes are very common in Florida. Most of the state is made up of limestone and dolostone which dissolve with the transmission of ground water. 19 / 25 Joe Raedle WHAT: Non-native Pythons - Non-native Pythons are reportedly taking over the Everglades. While there is no immediate risk to humans, some have been found to grow up to 18 feet long. 20 / 25 Danita Delimont WHAT: Wildfires - Often tied to Florida's many lighting strikes, wildfires are not uncommon. 21 / 25 Anthony Bannister WHAT: Africanized Bees - Africanized honey bees have made their way into the state of Florida. They are known for guarding the hive aggressively, with a larger alarm zone around the hive. 22 / 25 Miami Herald/INACTIVE WHAT: Tornadoes - Florida is the third in the nation for tornadoes. 23 / 25 Danita Delimont WHAT: Portuguese Man-of-War - This jellyfish has stinging, venom-filled tentacles that can lead to fever, shock and sometimes death 24 / 25 The AGE WHAT: Rip Currents - Florida has some of the deadliest rip currents in the country, killing more people yearly than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. 25 / 25 Fuse WHAT: Alligators - Alligators inhabit Florida's marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes and can be found in every county in the state Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.