Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dispatch your enemies with no more than their keen knowledge that you possess a deadly venom? No? Oh. Well, nevermind then.
Anyway, as it turns out, there are in fact venomous mammals on this planet right now! (Which is the coolest thing you’ve learned all week and we both know it.)
A week or so ago I saw my first rattlesnake and would have been overjoyed, except for the fact that it was dying. It’d either been run over by a car, or someone had broken its neck. The rattle was mostly gone (and many people kill rattlesnakes for the rattle, but they also may lose them in the wild), but I can’t know for sure. I got it off the road at least, but was pretty bummed to have to watch my first rattler struggle with death.
That got me thinking.
Do you know the difference between poison and venom? If you think you do, take the quiz below and record your answers. You can take the quiz again (it’s pasted below the post, too) after reading to see if your answers change.
Poisonous, Venomous, or Non-Toxic?
Portuguese Man o’ War “Jellyfish”: P or V or NT? *
Male Platypus: P or V or NT?
Fire-bellied Newt: P or V or NT?
Blue-ringed Octopus: P or V or NT?
Gila Monster: P or V or NT?
Monarch Butterfly: P or V or NT?
The Hooded Pitohui, a New Guinean bird: P or V or NT?
Black Widow: P or V or NT?