Over the years, venomous animals, particularly snakes, have been given a bad name because of their ability to kill people within hours of biting them. These animals can be found all over the world and while they are able to kill humans and other animals, in most cases, they are acting in self defense. On the bright side, there are some snakes whose venom contains substances that help to cure diseases and ailments.
People often use the words poisonous and venomous interchangeably, but the two words are quite different. They are both toxins, but the difference lies in how it is delivered. Poisons can be inhaled, ingested administered directly on the skin, while venom is delivered through fangs, teeth, and stingers.
Venom from snakes contains a variety of toxins, some of which are able to cause symptoms ranging from vomiting, nausea, and itching to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, and even death.
How well do you know some of the world's most venomous and deadly snakes? If you were given black and white images of these snakes, would you be able to identify them? If you would like to find out how much you know about these animals, then you should take this quiz!
HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, our writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things we're most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month. You can learn more about us in our FAQ.
HowStuffWorks' award-winning apps for iPhone, iPad and Android have been downloaded millions of times from fans throughout the globe.