Saturday, March 22, 2008

What I am Looking at Today 3/22/08

The Most Poisonous Animals

Most poisonous snake:
Inland Taipan
From Wikipedia:
"A single bite from the Inland Taipan contains enough venom to kill as many as 100 human adults, or 250,000 mice. The average venom yield of this snake is 44 mg, with a 110-mg being the largest recorded yield. Its venom is 50 times more toxic than that of the Indian Cobra and 650 - 850 times more toxic than that of a Western- or Eastern Diamondback. The Inland Taipan has an extremely neurotoxic venom which can cause death to an adult human in as little as 45 minutes."

Most poisonous spider:
Brazilian Wandering Spider
From Wikipedia:
"These spiders are notorious both due to their toxic venom, and because they are not reluctant to attack people who appear threatening. ... Bites from these spiders may result in only a couple of painful pinpricks to full-blown envenomation. In either case, people bitten by a Phoneutria or any Ctenid should seek immediate emergency treatment as the venom is possibly life threatening."

Most poisonous sea creature:
Box Jellyfish
From Wikipedia:
"Box Jellyfish are best known for the extremely powerful venom possessed by some of their species. The Chironex fleckeri and the Carukia barnesi (Irukandji) species are amongst the most venomous creatures in the world. Stings from such species are excrutiatingly painful, either initially or as an after-effect, and are often fatal."

Most poisonous vertebrate animal:
Golden Poison Frog
From Wikipedia:
"This amphibian of the dendrobatidae family is currently considered the most poisonous vertebrate worldwide."

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