Animals With the Most Potent Venom!

Animals With the Most Potent Venom!

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In no particular order, here are a few of
the most venomous animals in the world! 15 – Blue-Ringed Octopus
Don’t let the small size of a blue-ringed octopus fool you. This guy is among the most deadly creatures
in the ocean! Found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans from
Japan to Australia, there are four different blue ringed octopus species, and they’re
all venomous. Obviously they’re a terror to those animals
lower on the food chain. Shrimp, small crabs, and an array of other
sea creatures are pretty much ripe for the plucking when one of these Octopi gets hungry. But humans need to be careful. Not that they’d eat us or anything. They’re only around 4 and a half inches
on average. It’s the powerful tetrodotoxin that’s
dangerous! One bite from one of a blue-ringed octopus
would leave your face numb, and the numbness will be spreading throughout your body. Essentially, the venom blocks sodium ion channels
and muscles don’t get signals to move. The worst part is, there’s no antidote. You’d have to wait it out! Ayyyyyyeeeeeee! 14 – Indian red scorpion
You can find an Indian Red Scorpion in, wait for it……India! Although I wouldn’t recommend going out
to look for them. As one of the most venomous scorpions on planet
earth, their stings have been known to cause vomiting, irregular heartbeat, and sweating. Okay, so far not too bad. But it also causes an array of really bizarre
side effects, such as turning the skin a bluish purple color, causing swelling in the heart,
and most curiously, causing ahem….blood flow in that special area that last for hours. Yes, you’ll definitely need to call a doctor
for this one! The silver lining here is that with treatment,
the fatality rate is less than four percent, but without treatment, fatality rates can
be as high as 40 percent. But one thing is certain, if you get stung
and you’re a guy, just be prepared to wear sweatpants for maximum comfort! 13 – Marbled Cone Snail
A snail seems like one of the least dangerous things imaginable. Combine that misconception with their cool
looking shells, and you have a potentially lethal combo. Living in the waters of Japan, India and Samoa,
marbled cone snails shoot venom through its harpoon-like radula tooth from their body
at their prey. Their prey include marine worms, small fish,
and molluscs. But they’ll even eat other snails…they
just don’t care. The toxins in these various venoms are called
conotoxins, which are various peptides that each target a specific nerve channel or receptor. These toxins are actually of pharmaceutical
interest, because of the precision and speed in how these toxins act. For example, ziconotide, a pain reliever that’s
1000 times as powerful as morphine, was made from the venom of a cone snail. However, if someone is stung by one of these
snails, they can have symptoms that include intense, localized pain, swelling, numbness,
and tingling. Really severe cases involve muscle paralysis,
changes in vision, and respiratory failure. Yeah, basically, don’t pick up any good
looking snails! 12 – Poison Dart Frog
Yep, poison dart frogs look really cool. However, you’ll need to keep your distance. Found in Central and South America, these
little amphibians are known for their skin pattern. They’re also known for being extremely venomous. In particular, the Golden Poison Frog is very
toxic. Poison from just one of these frogs can take
out up to TEN people! They’re so venomous that hunters in South
America have been making poison darts from their venom for a lonnnnnng time. While most venomous creatures have to bite
or sting to be dangerous, these frogs have poison all over their body and just touching
them is a big no-no. The poison is batrachotoxin and even just
a bit of it can cause paralysis and breath (pronounced death). It’s sturdy too. An arrow can remain toxic for up to a year
after being dipped in the venom! 11 – Black Widow
If you hate spiders, go ahead and look away now! Everyone knows a black widow is highly venomous,
but did you know only the females have the dangerous bites? Males do produce venom, but their venom is
highly diluted to not pose any danger. The female bites have a healthy and painful
dose of latrotoxin. One bite from a black widow causes muscle
cramps, sweating, severe chest pain, and blood pressure to skyrocket. Definitely not pleasant. By the way, have you ever wondered why they’re
referred to as “widows?” Well get this, after mating, the female commonly
eats the male! Yep, another one of these females! It makes you wonder if it’s even worth it! At least the males are smart enough to tell
if the female has eaten recently or not by sensing chemicals in her web. 10 – Lionfish
Some people call them a turkeyfish. Other people may know them as Firefish, Zebrafish
or Tastyfish…but they’re most commonly known as Lionfish. Regardless of what you wanna call it, one
thing’s for sure; they’re super venomous! Found mainly in the Indo-Pacific region, Lionfish
are known to eat large amounts of small fish and mollusks. These guys are skilled hunters, using this
crazy bilateral swimming motion to capture and swallow their prey whole. They’re fitted with venomous stinging fins
that can create severe sweating, swelling, reduced blood pressure, rashes, muscles cramps,
and other terrible symptoms. Their venom is rarely fatal, but some species
have enough venom to produce extreme discomfort for a period of several days. The good news is, they only use it for defensive
purposes, so you’d only get stung if you aren’t careful while diving basically. 9 – Funnel web spider
Just like pretty much everything else in the Australian wilderness, the funnel web spider
is remarkably venomous. One bite and a person could be just done in
less than half an hour. As soon as a person is bitten they experience
something called Fillibration. Their heart rate increases, their mouth goes
numb, their blood pressure increases and they have trouble breathing. The bad news, aside from all that things I
mentioned, is that these spiders live in highly populated areas as well, such as Sydney. The good news is that since the invention
of an anti-venom, no one has passed from a bite since 1981. But it still hurts a ton. 8 – Pufferfish
Also known as the blowfish, the pufferfish almost looks like a cute cartoon or something. But don’t let their cute faces fool you,
they’re quite dangerous! To fend off predators, they inhale a lot of
water and inflate themselves to several times their size. Fish are probably like, “I’m not messing
with that thing ‘til it deflates”! However, as a fail safe, they also have some
potent toxins. Once a predator gets their mouth around a
pufferfish, pufferfish release something called tetrodotoxin. According to National Geographic, it’s somewhere
around 1,200 times worse than cyanide. Supposedly there’s enough toxin in one pufferfish
to grill 30 humans! In case you didn’t know, pufferfish is also
a Japanese delicacy called fugu. Specially licensed chefs cut and serve raw
fugu, and it’s supposed to numb the mouth and make someone feel light-headed. 7 – Fat Tailed Scorpion
Not only are fat tailed scorpions venomous, but they’re known for being aggressive as
well, which makes Fat Tailed Scorpions very dangerous creatures. These guys make their homes in the deserts
of Africa and the Middle east. The Fat-tailed scorpion is ranked the most
dangerous of all scorpions because so many people lie once they’re stung. The Arabian Fat tailed Scorpions, for example,
have an especially awful sting that can cause severe symptoms such as seizures, unconsciousness
and abnormally high blood pressure. Small children and people with pre-existing
heart conditions are especially at risk if they’re stung. However, if you get anti-venom within a few
hours of getting stung, your chances of survival are extremely good. 6 – Blue Krait
If a person is bitten by a Blue Krait snake and can’t seek medical treatment, chances
are they’re done. Found in Southeast Asia in places such as
Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand, these highly venomous snakes only bite when they’re
provoked. And that’s about where the good news ends
and the trouble begins. If someone is bitten, their nervous system
pretty much shuts down. Initially no pain is felt at all, so not everyone
knows they’ve been bitten. If they don’t get treated, they’re done
within a day. And even if they do receive anti-venom, they
still only have a 50 percent chance of survival. And as if these guys aren’t devious enough,
they’ll actually eat other snakes, including their fellow Blue Kraits! 5 – Stonefish
Not only are stonefish experts at hiding, but they can unleash a world of pain that
most of us can’t, and don’t want to imagine. It’s one of the venomous fish known. BUT, we’ll let one guy on an aquarium forum
described their experience with getting stung. He said to imagine having each knuckle in
your hand, then your wrist, elbow and shoulder being hit with a sledgehammer over the course
of about an hour. Then about an hour later imagine taking a
kick to both your kidneys for about 45 minutes so that you couldn’t stand or straighten up. Yeah, that doesn’t sound fun. On top of that, the area stung can swell to
enormous sizes and a bite victim will likely experience rashes, sweating and increased
heart rate. Yeah, I’m gonna take a hard PASS on this
one. 4 – Inland Taipan
While Inland Taipans are the most venomous snakes known to mankind, they thankfully live
in secluded areas of Australia, and are super shy. Based on the median lethal dose value in mice,
its venom, drop for drop, is by far the most toxic of any snake out there! Because it lives in such remote locations,
it seldom comes in contact with people and therefore it isn’t considered the readily
is snake in the world. Armed with a deadly neurotoxin, this snake
can take someone out in less than an hour if the bite isn’t treated. Their venom has toxins that cause paralysis
or muscle weakness. The venom also contains a potent hemotoxin
that interferes with blood clotting. That puts whatever that was bitten at risk
for hemorrhaging, especially in the brain. 3 – Brazilian Wandering Spider
Again, if you hate spiders, it’s time to look away again! Brazilian Wandering Spiders are known for
wandering around the jungle floor in Brazil. Sounds about right! These guys have a very toxic bite. In fact, they’d be the world’s deadliest
spider if they injected all of their venom with a single bite. While their bites are often not lethal and
only done in self defense, they still hurt. A lot. Someone bitten will feel a burning pain, sweating,
high blood pressure, nausea, vertigo, blurry vision and again, blood flow in that special
area! They only use a little bit of venom when they
bite things. They use their venom to hunt and to protect
themselves, so they don’t unload everything in one bite. 2 – Giant Centipede To us humans, a centipede wouldn’t typically
pose any sort of real life danger. But, for those animals much lower on the food
chain, a centipede is NOT to be messed with. Especially a Giant Centipede. With a specialized pair of venomous appendages,
these foot long arthropods crawl around South America and The Caribbean looking for insects
and small mammals or reptiles to hunt down and eat. Most centipedes use their venom to subdue
their prey through neurotoxins that stop signaling from the brain to vital organs. All the centipede has to do is get in there
for a bite, and it’s game over. In one rare instance a 4-year old girl was
bitten in the esophagus, and didn’t make it. However, fatal bites on humans are still extremely
rare. 1 – Box Jellyfish
There are several different species of box jellyfish, some of whom produce extremely
toxic venom. Some people have even given them the unofficial
title of “The World’s Most Dangerous Creature.” While these jellyfish can be found in oceans
all over the globe, the super dangerous ones are mostly confined to the Indo-Pacific region. Armed with poison darts all over their tentacles,
box jellyfish release a toxin that’s both readily and painful. Once the venom enters the body, it starts
poking holes in the cells, which causes potassium to leak. From there blood pressure and heart rate increases
dramatically, and in some cases, the heart will just stop. Of course, there are some species of Box Jellyfish
that are worse than others. On the “worse” end of the spectrum are
the Irukandji Jellyfish. These guys fire their stingers into people. Their stings are so bad, they have an entire
syndrome named after them. In a worst case scenario, their stings cause
people to go into cardiac arrest and you know what happens next. A sting from one of these guys will not only
cause severe head, back, and abdominal pain, it also causes nausea and fluid in the lungs. And oh yea, it also causes a sense of impending
doom. By that I mean an actual psychological condition
that causes so much anxiety that sting victims are commonly known to beg their doctors to
just end things for them. Here’s what’s next!

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