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The differences between venom and poison:

Poisons must be absorbed via a mucus membrane (lungs, intestinal lining, nose, etc.).

Venoms must be injected, from a special appendage for this purpose.

It seems like venomous animals are more active with their toxins, (doing it on purpose) while poisonous substances are more passive (i.e. they must be eaten or inhaled). I say substances because not only animals can be poisonous, but things like plants and bleach are too. However, only animals are venomous.

 

Here’s an interesting related video:

 

The Roaming Naturalist (source)

List of Venomous Animals (wiki)

 

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So many things about octopodes!

– After mating, males get a form of dementia and sometimes chew their own arms off.

– A Hawai’ian creation myth states that the universe has gone through several changes, and the only survivors from the last one are octopodes, which are aliens.

– The tiny blue-ring octopus has enough venom to kill 26 people in only a few minutes.

Read more at The Stranger.com / Sexy Beast.

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