25 Crazy Bits Of Trivia About Venom And Poison

There are so many things out there that can kill you just be injecting a bit of venom into your body. In fact, there are so many dangerous creatures that just reading this list will probably make you a little paranoid. But before going on, lets review some information. What is venom? Venom is something that those nasty little (or big!) creatures put into your body. Snakes are generally venomous. And what is poison then? Poison is something that, well, you put into your body…usually by eating a poisonous creature or animal. These poisonous (not venomous) creatures cannot inject you with their nastiness but rather they have to wait until you try to eat them or touch them. So now you know! Next time you are bit by a dangerous look snaking and all you friends start yelling “he just got bit by a poisonous snake!” you can correct them before passing out but calmly saying “the snake is venomous, not poisonous”. Disclaimer – you probably won’t have time to explain much more than that and should seek immediate medical attention. Depending on what bit you, things can go downhill pretty fast. These are 25 crazy bits of trivia about venom and poison!

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The blue ringed octopus is one of the smallest and deadliest animals in the world. To make things worse, its venom has no antidote.

The blue ringed octopus is one of the smallest and deadliest animals in the world. To make things worse, its venom has no antidoteSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The box jellyfish has venom that is so powerful, its human victims have been known to have heart failure and drown before reaching shore.

The box jellyfish has venom that is so powerful, its human victims have been known to have heart failure and drown before reaching shoreSource: nationalgeographic.com, Image: wikipedia
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Bill Haast, known as the Snake Man, injected himself with venom everyday for 60 years. He has been credited for saving numerous lives by donating his blood which is rich in antibodies.

Bill Haast, known as the Snake Man, injected himself with venom everyday for 60 years. He has been credited for saving numerous lives by donated his blood which was rich in antibodiesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
22

Some scientists believe that morning sickness evolved to protect the fetus from poisons or toxins which could have been ingested by the mother. In fact, women without morning sickness are more likely to miscarry.

Some scientists believe that morning sickness evolved to protect the fetus from poisons or toxins which could have been ingested by the mother. In fact, women without morning sickness are more likely to miscary.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

Mangos and pistachios are in the same family as poison ivy.

Mangos and pistachios are in the same family as poison ivySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
20

King Mithridates VI of Greece tried to kill himself via poisoning but failed because he had developed resistance over the course of his reign.

King Mithridates VI of Greece tried to kill himself by poisoning but failed because he had developed resistance over the course of his reignSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The venom of a wasp contains chemicals that attracts other wasps to also attack the victim.

The venom of a wasp contains chemicals that attracts other wasps to also attack the victimSource: insectstings.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Boomslang snake venom causes victims to bleed out through all the pores of their body.

Boomslang snake venom causes victims to bleed out through all the pores of their bodySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

Conus snail venom is one thousand times more powerful than morphine.

Conus snail venom is one thousand times more powerful than morphineSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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A Japanese chef who wants legal permission to serve puffer fish first needs to eat the puffer fish they have prepared (puffer fish are known for being more poisonous than cyanide).

A Japanese chef who wants legal permission to serve puffer fish first needs to eat the puffer fish they have prepared (puffer fish are known for being more poisonous than cyanide)Source: rsc.org, Image: wikipedia
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You can't buy cashew nuts in their shells because the shells are poisonous and would give you a rash similar to poison ivy.

You can't buy cashew nuts in their shells because the shells are poisonous and would give you a rash similar to poison ivySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Australian stonefish are some of the most venomous fish on Earth. They camouflage themselves as rocks so you have to be careful not to step on them.

Australian stonefish are some of the most venomous fish on Earth. They camouflage themselves as rocks so you have to be careful not to step on themSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
13

In the mountains of Japan there exists a species of giant hornet that have venom strong enough to melt human flesh.

In the mountains of Japan there are a species of giant hornet that have venom strong enough to melt human fleshSource: nationalgeographic.com, Image: wikipedia
12

Copperhead venom (one of the most venomous snakes in the US) contains a protein that stops cancer cells from replicating.

Copperhead venom (one of the most venomous snakes in the US) contains a protein that stops cancer cells from replicatingSource: oxfordjournals.org, Image: wikipedia
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Nanoparticles containing bee venom can be used to destroy HIV while leaving the surrounding cells intact.

Nanoparticles containing bee venom can be used to destroy HIV while leaving the surrounding cells intactSource: medicalnewstoday.com, Image: wikipedia
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The Soviet Union created a poison called C-2 that physically shrank people, weakened them, and then killed them within 15 minutes.

The Soviet Union created a poison called C-2 that physically shrank people, weakened them, and then killed them within 15 minutesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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If poison ivy is smoked, it can cause a rash on the inside of the lungs and even respiratory failure.

If poison ivy is smoked, it can cause a rash on the inside of the lungs and even respiratory failureSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

One gallon of scorpion milk costs nearly $40 million.

One gallon of scorpion milk costs nearly $40 millionSource: purelydigital.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Even though platypus venom won't kill you, it can cause intense pain that lasts for months.

Even though platypus venom won't kill you, it can cause intense pain that lasts for monthsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There was only one plane allowed to fly in the US on 9/11 after the attacks. It was a flight from California to Florida that was carrying anti-venom for a man that was bitten by a venomous snake. The plane was accompanied by two fighter jets.

There was only one plane allowed to fly in the US on 9/11 after the attacks. It was a flight from California to Florida that was carrying anti-venom for a man that was bitten by a venomous snake. The plane was accompanied by two fighter jets.Source: discovery.com, Image: wikipedia
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All octopuses are venomous. To kill their prey they drill through the prey's shell and inject their venom into their body using their beak.

All octopuses are venomous. To kill their prey they drill through the prey's shell and inject their venom into their body using their beakSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There is an octopus that lives in Antarctica whose venom is effective at temperatures in which other venoms wouldn't work.

There is an octopus that lives in Antarctica whose venom is effective at temperatures in which other venoms wouldn't workSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The rough skinned newt is the most poisonous animal in the Americas. It's venom is 10,000 times more poisonous than cyanide.

The rough skinned newt is the most poisonous animal in the Americas. It's venom is 10,000 times more poisonous than cyanideSource: discovermagazine.com, Image: wikipedia
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A snake's decapitated head can still bite you for several hours after the snake is dead. Furthermore, a dead snake can't regulate the amount of venom it injects which can lead to fatal situations.

A snake's decapitated head can still bite you for several hours after the snake is dead. Furthermore, a dead snake can't regulate the amount of venom it injects which can lead to fatal situationsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The slow loris is the only venomous primate on Earth. It sucks venom from a patch on its elbow before giving a lethal bite to its victim.

The slow loris is the only venomous primate on Earth. It sucks venom from a patch on its elbow before giving a lethal bite to its victimSource: guardian.co.uk, Image: wikipedia


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