Can You Guess Whether or Not These Creatures Are Poisonous?

By: Chelsea
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However much you love spiders, snakes and bugs, you know there will be a creepy crawly that will make you a little squeamish, because you know that's the one you really should fear. Will it be a spider? Perhaps a snake? Or can you imagine slipping on a pair of shoes only to feel the sliminess of a frog squirming around? 

The eerie feeling most of us experience in coming face-to-face with any of these creatures is usually unfounded, but it's still rooted in the fact that they might be poisonous. While many of these creatures are harmless, others may cause a skin irritation or much much worse.

How well do you think you know your poisonous creatures? You know that a boa has a tight squeeze, but does it have a venomous bite to go along with it? You might like how the shell of a marbled cone snail would look hanging from your neck, but is it worth it to pick one up? 

This quiz will tell you if you can go hiking on your own, or if you need to carry a backpack of anti-venom. It's a quiz for the daring, the adventuresome and best of all it's for you. Do you think you can handle it?

Yes, deer ticks can be very harmful to humans if they carry bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes lyme disease. Symptoms are flu-like, with fatigue and a rash.

Don't worry, although this snake's size may scare you, it's not poisonous. They are a beautiful, vibrant green color when mature, and eat mice and rats.

Be most wary of the box jellyfish, as it is known as one of the most poisonous animals in the world. The poison is called bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and it's in their tentacles.

As it name implies, this frog is poisonous. It lives in South and Central America, specifically in the rainforest regions.

This type of snake is known for the rattling sound it makes when it feels threatened, or when it's going to prey upon a victim. Rattlesnakes are remarkably efficient hunters.

Besides rabies, a wolf could not poison you. It's still not a good idea to try to fight one though!

No, the cute pet hamster is not poisonous. Feel free to hold it, cuddle it and pet it at no risk!

Yes, this gigantic snake is poisonous! It lives in forest areas of India and Southeast Asia.

Don't worry, although this spider may look looming with its long, dangling legs, it can't harm you. The legs on this spider are multiple times longer than its body!

Did you know all cone snails are poisonous? It may be small, but it has enough venom to kill a human!

This octopus is named for its circular blue rings all over its body. It lives in the Pacific Ocean, and in the Indian Ocean.

If you happen to get stung by one of these, don't get worried for your life. Its bite stings, but usually doesn't kill humans.

The stonefish is deadly enough to kill an adult human, so watch out! It carries sacs full of poison on its spines, and is up to five pounds in weight.

Don't worry, these little guys won't get you! House spiders are not poisonous, but rather are good critters to have around. Why? They eat undesirable insects!

This spider is one of the most poisonous on the planet! They also go by the names banana spider and armed spider.

The inland taipan lives in Australia, specifically in the central-east part of the continent. It is deadly, but some daredevils still have one for a pet!

When this fish puffs up, it makes its spines protrude even more than usual. Whatever you do while swimming, do not get near one of these! It has enough poison to kill 30 humans!

There is a sub-type of the Australian funnel spider, called the Sydney funnel spider. It lives only in and near Sydney, Australia. It is black in color.

No way these cute little frogs are poisonous! They are bright green, with orange eyes and feet.

You don't need to fear when you hear the buzz of a honey bee; they aren't poisonous. They do foster the creation of delicious honey!

This large, warty, brown cane toad can be found anywhere between the southern United States to northern South America. Its poison specifically affects the heart.

Don't let its cute, bird features fool you, the blue-capped ifrit is poisonous! Local dwellers call the bird the 'nanisani' and 'slek-yakt', meaning 'bitter bird'.

This is another type of the poison dart frog, the yellow-banded, just with different coloring. It is pitch-black, with bright yellow striping and patterns.

The mantella is a poisonous frog that has remarkable, vibrant colors. Some have orange, yellow and black legs, with green stripes on its body.

Gurry shark is another name for the Greenland shark. It is elusive by nature, and is poisonous because of the large amount of trimethylamine oxide in its body. If you eat the Greenland shark undercooked, the trimethylamine oxide will make a person feel drunk.

Did you know that smaller types of barracudas are caught and eaten as game fish? They are hardy and aggressive, so good luck catching one!

Although its name sounds close to 'cuddlefish,' refrain from cuddling with the cuttlefish! It keeps its toxins in its muscles!

Cantharidin is the fluid this beetle secrets when it feels threatened. Cantharidin makes the victim blister, giving this tiny crawler its name.

Don't be fooled by this butterfly's beautiful colors and patterns; it is toxic! It eats milkweed while in its larval stage, which is also poisonous.

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Don't fret, the woodchuck is not poisonous.

The widow spider has specific types, known as the brown widow and the black widow. The brown widow's bite is not as venomous as the black widow.

This spider is not as cute as a mouse, and not nearly as harmless. It lives in Australia, where there are eight species.

The black widow is distinguishable by the red marking on its pitch-black body. If you have the chance to choose between a bit from this creepy crawly and a rattlesnake, choose the rattlesnake. The black widow's venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake!

Can you believe that some populations of bullsnake can be up to 7 feet long? Even though they look large and scary, they aren't anything to be too afraid of, since they aren't venomous.

This underwater dweller has many spines coming out of the top of its body, which is where it pushes out its venom. The sea floor and sea rocks is where the Scorpionfish makes its home.

The black rat snake may sound frightening, but it's actually not poisonous! These snakes can be 3 to 6 feet long.

These snakes that tend to slither around gardens and backyards are totally harmless. They have somewhat different color variations, but usually they will have three long stripes going down their body that are light in color.

The dogfish shark poisons its victims with the spine at the front of each dorsal fin. These spines are filled with venom, and can be used to quickly put down their prey.

This snake is the one used in the iconic 'snake charmers' show. They have 'hoods' that expand when they feel threatened.

This slithery death sentence, the Belcher's sea snake, is also known as the faint-banded sea snake. Thankfully, it lives in the water, so unless you find it fishing or scuba diving, you're safe!

Did you know the Russel's viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in Asia? Its bite and venom is fatal, as it kills thousands of people each year.

The Gila monster is one of the only two lizards that are poisonous in the world! It looks like it has small beads all over its skin; these are called osteoderms.

This exceptional creature, the Mexican beaded lizard, along with the Gila monster, make up the only two poisonous lizards in the whole world! It also has osteoderms, and is longer than the Gila. It can be up to 36 inches long!

Have you ever felt the sharp, painful sting of an angry hornet? Did you know its releases venom with each sting?

Want to sound extra intelligent? Call this frog by its scientific name, the 'Corythomantis greeningi'. This small creature has an interesting way of poisoning its enemies; it head-butts the victim, and transfers its poison from its head to the victim through small spines, almost like needles.

No, European moles aren't constantly twisting their feet to turn outward, they are made that way! They also are made with venomous saliva, so don't make them angry!

There's good news and bad news about the Eurasian water shrew. The bad? Its saliva is venomous. The good? Its teeth are not sharp or strong enough to puncture the skin of a human, so you should be safe.

Though the slow loris looks a little goofy, its venom certainly is not anything to laugh at. It is toxic to humans! These deceiving furry animals live in South and Southeast Asia.

This rodent-like Cuban solenodon is also known as an almiqui, and its saliva is toxic! Also be careful of its cousin, the Hispaniola solenodon.

Don't worry, the milk snake is not dangerous! Don't confuse them with the copperhead snake, they look similar due to their copper color and striping. The key difference is the milk snake is not venomous.

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