Creatures With The Most Powerful Venom


From the grinding, grooved bite of an American
monster to the flashing blue lights of an underwater assassin, today we look at Creatures
With The Most Powerful Venom. Number 10. Cone Snail
Making their homes in ornate shells shaped similar to their namesake, the various types
of cone snails that roam the ocean are incredibly venomous. With a harpoon-like, chitinous tooth that
shoots out from its underside, the cone snail can deliver neurotoxins guaranteed to immobilize
prey. But while humans may be too large for the
snail to hunt, these attractive sea critters are just as dangerous to us. Symptoms associated with the cone snails sting
include pain, swelling, vomiting and even muscle paralysis, blurred vision, and lethal
respiratory failure. Number 9. Solenodon
Resembling a large, long-nosed shrew, the endangered Solenodon is one of few existing
venomous mammals. Variations of this critter exist in the caribbean
among island nations like Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. A nocturnal animal, the solenodon is rarely
seen by people, but should you come across one, be sure to keep your distance. The submaxillary gland in this animal’s jaw
provides a toxic secretion that they may inject by way of their lower incisors. While only proving fatal to mice in testing,
the venom crafted by solenodons is said to resemble the neurotoxic properties of some
snakes and has even resulted in symptoms like convulsions, difficulty breathing, and paralysis. Despite this handy defense mechanism, though,
solenodons are close to extinction and have already been mistakenly thought as such multiple
times throughout history. Number 8. Gila Monster
Traipsing along the southwestern desert regions of North America is a unique lizard known
as the Gila Monster. Speckled with vivid shades of pink, orange
and yellow against their black bodies, these bead-scaled stalkers utilize these hues through
a biological feature called aposematic coloration to warn other creatures of their extreme toxicity. The first agony-inducing portion of this lizard’s
bite comes from its means of injection. The Gila monster first latches on with its
grinding, grooved teeth and gnaws viciously at its target until venom is released from
its salivary glands located in its lower jaw. This bite is incredibly painful and tough
to break, sometimes requiring complete submersion in water to get the lizard to release its
grasp or risk deep lacerations. The venom itself is equally as excruciating,
with some victims describing the agony of the experience to feel like “hot lava is coursing
through your veins.” Envenomized victims will suffer from symptoms
like edema , a drop in blood pressure, and overall weakness in addition to the venom’s
unbearable sting. In terms of pure toxicity, the Gila monster’s
venom is on par with that of a coral snake, which has fatally bitten many human victims. Lucky for us, the Gila monster doesn’t produce
enough venom to keep humans down. So even though this lizard is a royal pain
to run into, you’re still likely to survive a run in with this wasteland wandering beast. Number 7. Stonefish
Nestled near the coasts of Northern Australia is a subtle danger hidden under the guise
of a jagged rock. The stonefish is a genus of fish known scientifically
as Synanceia and has earned its nickname through its mineral-esque skin and jagged shape. The grey, rough texture of the stonefish masks
a collection of thirteen needle-sharp spines which serve as a medium for injecting its
neurotoxins into any thing that gets too close for comfort. Unfortunately for humans, this includes feet. Seeing as the creature lives near coastlines
and camouflages itself to appear as nothing but an ordinary rock, stonefish tend to sting
beach-goers often, with stonefish-specific antivenom being the second-most commonly used
in Australia. Exacerbating the situation for people, this
fish is also capable of surviving outside of water for up to 24 hours, meaning you may
not even need to enter the water to feel its sting! The venomous puncture of the stonefish is
extremely painful, can cause heart failure and even be lethal if not treated immediately. But if you’re worried about this odd rocky
sea creature threatening you, there’s some good news. Stonefish don’t use their venom on prey, relying
instead on incredibly quick reflexes to snatch other fish that assume the stonefish is part
of a coral reef. Their venomous spines are purely for defensive
purposes, so just try not to offend them. Number 6. Slow Loris
When considering venomous creatures across the world, creepy critters like spiders and
snakes are quick to come to mind. But what about monkeys? Well, maybe not monkeys, but one closely-related
venomous primate is the Slow Loris . Characterized by its lemur-esque head and tarsier-like eyes,
this furry animal makes its home in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Here the tree-climbing creature survives on
a diet of bugs, birds, reptiles, eggs, tree sap and nectar. With the majority of its food being smaller
and rather defenseless, the slow loris doesn’t require venom for its prey, but rather to
help dodge would-be predators and competing primates. Along with being the only extant primate to
be venomous, this mammal is also special in that it produces not one but two separate
venoms! Excreted from a gland on its forearm and through
its saliva respectively, these two different venoms are combined while the slow loris grooms
itself. Once both venoms are present on its outwardly
jutting lower teeth, called a tooth comb, this animal is then equipped to deliver a
painful bite and spread the toxic concoction to any enemy that might get too close. Number 5. Blue-Ringed Octopus
Scrounging along the seafloor of the Indian and Pacific oceans near Australia and Japan,
the crustacean-eating creature known as the blue-ringed octopus is as dazzling as it is
dangerous. Adorned in more than fifty distinct brightly
iridescent, blue-hued rings, this octopus shifts the rest of its skin to mimic its environment,
similar to other octopuses. What sets its vivid coat apart, though, is
the way this animal reacts when threatened. Immediately turning a shade of bright yellow,
the blue-ringed octopus will flash its brilliant azure orbs towards approaching enemies in
a display of aposematic coloration, warning other animals of the danger it conceals. Considered one of the most venomous sea creatures
in the world, a single specimen of this cephalopod carries enough venom to take out two football
teams, their coaches plus the referee! The blue-ringed octopus unleashes tiny, negligible
bites when cornered, but this just makes the effects of its venom more difficult to detect
until the symptoms begin setting in. Its venom contains a plethora of harmful chemicals
and those affected are sure to experience nausea, respiratory arrest, heart failure,
and even effects like paralysis and blindness. With no antivenom available, victims of a
blue-ringed octopus bite are left turning to first aid techniques like artificial respiration
to survive the quick-acting symptoms of paralysis. Number 4. Funnel-web Spider
While many might think of the brown recluse or the black widow when the topic of venomous
spiders arises, the funnel-web spiders of Australia are a top contender for the world’s
most dangerous arachnid. Found throughout the outback in a variety
of sizes and species, these spiders are notable for their burrow like nests that they construct
from their webbing. Within these funnels, the spiders will take
cover and await unsuspecting prey such as insects, snails, and even frogs or lizards! To make matters even more creepy, funnel-web
spiders build these homes between rocks, within trees, or under houses — they could be anywhere. This spells trouble for humans in Australia
as these eight-legged nightmares contain a highly dangerous venom. In larger species, like the three-inch northern
tree funnel-web spider, one bite can start taking effect as quickly as 15 minutes after
the bite, causing reactions like extreme perspiration, hypertension, muscle spasms, nausea, altered
consciousness and pulmonary edema . With the advent of antivenom, fatality rates have decreased
from funnel-web spider bites, but their spread across the southern continent continues to
be a menace with potential danger lurking around every corner. Number 3. Deathstalker Scorpion
As yellow as the wasteland sand it crawls, few scorpions are more volatile than the deathstalker. Found throughout the dunes of North Africa,
West India, and nearly every desert in between, the deathstalker scorpion is notorious for
its powerful, neurotoxic venom. Requiring only a trace dosage to prove damaging,
this scorpion’s venom is known to be especially lethal for at-risk humans such as children,
those with sensitive medical conditions, and the elderly. For a full-grown healthy adult, though, the
sting of this scorpion can still have lasting effects. Anaphylactic shock is a risk for many who
may not be aware of their own potential allergic reaction and evidence of pancreatitis for
those who survive the sting has been discovered as well. Number 2. Box Jellyfish
Capable of instantly stunning or even executing small prey like fish and shrimp, the gooey
sea creature’s venom assaults the heart, nervous system, and skin cells of its targets. The toxins secreted from the tentacles of
the box jellyfish are activated once they come into contact with specific chemicals
found on an enemy creature’s skin. These toxins are harmful to humans and are
so dangerously painful, in fact, that many victims go into shock or experience heart
failure, causing them to perish underwater long before they can reach the shore. Those that do make it out of the grasp of
the box jellyfish are prone to experience pain for weeks on end and are left with crude
scarring as a souvenir. Swimmers, divers, and surfers are recommended
to stay far away when exploring the waters near Northern Australia and the Indo-Pacific
ocean. They have tentacles that can stretch up to
10 feet in length and each tentacle is equipped with around five thousand stinging cells! Number 1. Inland Taipan
Perhaps the most frightening on this list, the inland taipan is a specialized hunter
in that its venom is specifically attuned to slay mammals. A single bite from this Australian snake possesses
enough venom to eliminate a hundred full grown men! The inland taipan strikes multiple times when
provoked, and victims can pass in half an hour if not treated immediately. Luckily, this snake is reclusive and remains
sheltered from human society. Still, the inland taipans toxicity is undeniable,
making it among the most dangerous snakes in the world.

13 thoughts on “Creatures With The Most Powerful Venom

  1. There is a antivenins for the Blue Ringed Octopus. It’s value is about $5,000 to make. However when a human is bitten they are treated for free.

  2. Recently, the stonefish have moved from areas in Queensland down river to areas where people frequent because of "dry conditions". My family used to go to an area in Redcliffe, a suburb off Moreton Bay in QLD, with a beautiful beach but after reports of 2 stonefish being found there we decided to instead swim in an more popular – but safer – series of man-made pools within view of the sea.

  3. They are dangerous because they have the most powerful venoms.. But they look pretty awesome..
    Nice video.. Thank you for sharing..💖

  4. stay away from these bad boys, nice one!
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  5. The most venomous life form ever to walk on the face of the earth are the Humans. They can even kill without a physical touch… How cool is that…..

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