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Posted on Aug 31, 2016

Can You Tell How Many Of These Animals Are Venomous?

This could mean the difference between life and death!

  1. Take a good look at this snake. Is it venomous?

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    Yes. Like, super venomous.

    This is a king cobra. One bite from this guy could take down an elephant.

  2. What about this friendly-lookin' fellow?

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    Not venomous!

    This is a happy little echidna. No venom here!

  3. Is this lil' guy venomous?

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    Nope! But he's poisonous. Tricky, tricky.

    This is a strawberry poison dart frog. They are POISONOUS, meaning if they are eaten or taken into the body, they are harmful. Venomous animals actually inject their venom into a victim, which is the key difference. Found mostly in Central America, these frogs are brightly colored to warn other animals that they are, indeed, toxic when eaten.

  4. Could this adorable little octopus envenomate you?

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    Yes!

    This is the blue-ringed octopus, one of the deadliest sea creatures. Oftentimes victims will not even feel their bite, only to experience symptoms such as numbness and difficulty breathing 5-10 minutes after being envenomated.

  5. What about this yellow snail?

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    Nope!

    This is a harmless lil' Polymita snail from Cuba. Hello smol snail!

  6. Another snake! Is it venomous?

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    Wrong! 

    Nope!

    This is a black rat snake, one of the friendliest snakes you can meet -- and definitely not venomous.

  7. Could this little scorpion envenomate you?

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    Yes, very much so.

    This little fellow is called a Deathstalker scorpion. Yikes. Although the name suggests otherwise, few people die from this scorpion's venom, but it IS incredibly painful.

  8. Is this weirdo bug venomous?

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    Nope!

    Just your average praying mantis, passing through the neighborhood! No venom here!

  9. What about this creepy-lookin' fish?

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    Wrong! 

    Yes! Venomous as all heck!

    This is a stonefish. These guys are tricky, because their camouflage is superb. They have 13 spines on their back that will inject poisonous venom into any creature unlucky enough to stumble upon them.

  10. And finally, is this jellyfish venomous?

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    Yes. The most venomous animal in the world, actually.

    Box jellyfish venom contains toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. The venom makes hunting easy for box jellyfish, because they can take out their prey quickly without injuring their fragile tentacles.

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