What are some poisonous/venomous animals that you would not expect to be dangerous?


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    There are plenty of animals out there in the animal kingdom that can kill you with either venom or poison they produce in their own bodies. These are not all of the most deadly, nor are they in particular order; it is just a list of some of the most deadly animals that you would NEVER want to have to come face to face with.

    Box Jelly Fish:

    Known for the rather box-shaped bodies, Box-Jelly Fish are one of the most deadly animals out there. Found throughout the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean from Australia, to China to Hawaii, although they normally do their best to best to avoid other marine animals. Box Jellies have both an incredibly powerful sting and highly toxic venom; these can both paralyze and kill humans. Since the 1950s, there have been more than 5,568 recorded deaths by these silent killers. If treatment is not received quickly after encountering one of these jellies, there is little chance of survival. In fact, just one drop of its venom has the power to kill as many as 50 men.

    Cone Snails:

    There are more than 500 species of Cone Snail and nearly all of them are venomous. They are typically found in shallow and warm waters but are throughout the oceans. Like many venomous terrestrial species, the cone snail uses its venom for hunting. Armed with a venomous harpoon, they use it to paralyze their prey (usually marine worms, small fish, mollusks) so they are easier to eat. Bright colors on their shells warn other to stay away although that has not stopped humans form exploring the potential medical applications for this neurotoxin. Cone Snails are generally though of as the fastest killer in the world, their prey usually doesn’t even know they’ve been hit before they are dead.

    Blue-Ringed Octopus:

    Our next animal, the blue-ringed octopus, is actually three (maybe four?) species of octopus that live in tidal pools along the coasts of everywhere from Japan to Australia. They are generally docile creatures, hunting mostly small crustaceans, crabs and fish. Though they are only between 5 and 8 inches when fully grown, they nonetheless pack a powerful punch, with enough venom in one bite to kill as many as ten full grown men. Its venom is very similar to that found in Cone Snails.


    The Stonefish, Latin name Synanceia verrucosa, is commonly regarded as the most poisonous fish in the entire world. These deadly fish live almost exclusively around the Tropic of Capricorn at 23° 26′ 22″ south of the equator. Stonefish are carnivorous fish that remain camouflaged against coral reefs and other debris when they are not hunting for food. Their spines are lined with several needle sharp spines that release a powerful venom when they are engaged. Because of this, the majority of encounters with Stonefish come when humans accidentally step on their poisonous quills, which can result in shock, paralysis, and tissue death and ultimately death. The pain can be so bad in fact, that many who are stung request the affected limb to be amputated to relieve the shooting sensations of pain produced by the deadly toxin.

    Poison Dart Frogs:

    Poison Dart Frogs are one of the most innocent looking, yet potentially deadly animals in the world today. Their brightly colored bodies range from green to blue to yellow and are a bold statement to predators to keep their distance. The majority of these frogs only secrete lipophilic alkaloid toxins through their skin, which can be extremely deadly for any who come in contact. Some frogs also secrete other chemicals that could potential medical applications including a painkiller thought to be hundreds of times stronger than traditional morphine. Indigenous to the tropical forests of Central and South America, there are more than 175 unique species of Poison Dart Frog, but they are all deadly. Their name comes from an ancient practice of harvesting the poison from the frogs and then applying it to the tips of arrows for blowguns.

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    Daddy long legs are actually venemous, but their teeth are not large enough to pierce human skin so we are not affected by them.

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    Daddy Longlegs are actually not poisonous.  That is just a myth.  One animal that I always used to be shocked to hear was poisonous was bees. Their stingers don’t just hurt, they actually inject you with venom as well, just not enough to have a serious effect, since us humans are so much larger.  

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    Centipedes are also actually quite poisonous.

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    The duckbilled platypus is a poisonous animal, despite its cute, cuddly, and strange appearance. It has a poisonous back foot claw that is actually quite dangerous.

    I hope this helped!

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    According to the link below, most small, colorful frogs are poisonous.  Most of their toxicity comes from a particular ant that they eat in the wild.  Most times, the poison cannot permeate through our skin – this does not mean, however – that you do not need to take precautions.  It is important to respect your surroundings and the nature it encompasses. 

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    Puffer Fish are apparently poisonous. I wouldn’t have thought it by looking at the picture. I will be sure to stay clear of it in case I run into one. Looks innocent to me, but obviously not!


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