The American Alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) is a common site around my home. We have ponds on our property
that small gators like to move into then eat all the fish in them. My kids have been taught since a very young age to stay away from the canals and ponds and/or as they have grown, how to spot a pit-viper, gator or other dangerous wildlife.
I no longer concern myself with my kids running and playing free. They know and understand nature including plants like nettles, spiders like black widows, and the likes of gopher turtles to name a few of our common 'visitors'.
The kids also know how to approach a horse, a cow, a chicken, a parrot, a cat, a dog, and the list could go on forever it seems. You may wonder about the list, but how you approach an animal has a lot to do with how the animal responds to you. The proper approach gets positive results. An aggressive or startling approach may get you kicked or bit.
Living in Florida is like living in paradise.
People just seem to picture 'paradise' without it's natural inhabitants. Being educated about those inhabitants makes it a wonderful place to call home.