The Most Poisonous Animals on the Planet

flamboyant-cuttlefish-photo-by-silke-baron
Flamboyant cuttlefish. Photo by Silke Baron.

When we think about poisonous animals, we generally picture spitting cobras, biting spiders, and stinging jellyfish; but those are actually venomous animals. They inject their poison into targets, and they generally use it to subdue prey.

Poisonous animals, on the other hand, are only harmful if touched or eaten. For these animals, poison is a defense mechanism, rather than a offense mechanism, and they use it to ensure they don’t become prey. Let us show you the most poisonous animals on earth:

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