Meet the Deadliest Venomous Animals in the World
Venom can turn a seemingly weak and tiny creature into a feared killer. But what, exactly, does it mean for an animal to be “venomous”? And which venomous species are the most deadly to humans? Here’s what we know.
Poisonous ≠ Venomous
Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, “venom” is not the same thing as “poison.” The difference between the two has to do with the mode of toxin delivery. Let’s start with poisonous animals.
Poisons are absorbed through the skin or ingested. That is, a poisonous animal can only deliver its toxic chemicals to you if you eat it or touch it.