I wonder if children of today have to contend with the hidden world of hazzards that we faced in the 1930s and 40s as we explored the vacant lots and fields in our neighborhood. One of the most feared creatures was a snake known as the blue runner which would chase you until you dropped. None had ever been seen, and no one had ever been chased by one, but we knew they were there. We also had to be on the lookout for ground puppies, creatures whose bite (it was never clear if it would bite or sting or if it was an animal or an insect or what ) was so deadly i t meant instant death. There was the ground rattler (probably a real poisonous snake) and the, still waiting to be viewed , hoop snake--a snake that grabs its tail in its mouth and rolles along like a wagon wheel. We had devil horses, red bugs ( mostly the bane of girls for some unknown reason) horn snakes, and blood weeds (rag weeds).
Finally, for those brave enough to go swimming in the river, there was the risk of meeting the blind mullet.. You may not know what a blind mullet is, but if you ever see or encounter one you will reconize it at once.