I run into dead scorpions around the house in Texas fairly regularly. Never encountered a live one, though, or a live rattler. Usually, I find dead scorpions under the sinks and in other humid places. My wife has seen numerous giant centipedes out in the garden. Between those and the fire ants, she has quite a fight on her hands. There is also a lot of wildlife. We have seen deer, bobcats, road runners, foxes, skunks, raccoon and quite a few other critters on our Texas property.