10 Biggest Myths About Phoenix

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4.) Scorpions, Snakes, and Lizards Often Kill People

There's only one type of poisonous scorpion in the United States, and of course it lives in Arizona -- the Arizona bark scorpion. However, according to state health department stats, no one's died from a scorpion sting in the last 10 years. Deaths from venomous snakes or lizards have only been reported in four of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Arizonans have been killed by lightning in eight of the last 10 years, and killed by dog attacks in 10 of the last 10 years. At least six people per year have died from some sort of train accident each of the last 10 years. Even when taking into account rare ways to die, being killed by a desert creature is more rare than that.

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