STRIKE A POSE: When threatened, the highly venomous Brazilian wandering spider raises its front legs. Its bite can be fatal for humans without antivenom.
Photograph by Age Fotostock, Alamy
SHARP SHOOTER: The cone snail of the Indian and Pacific oceans looks harmless—until it plunges its venomous spearlike tooth into its prey. The venom is strong enough to paralyze munchies such as worms and fish.
Photograph by Banfi Franco, AGF/UIG via Getty Images
CAUTIONARY COLOR: The bright color of the golden poison dart frog warns predators in the Amazon rain forest to stay away. Glands under the amphibian’s skin secrete the deadly-if-ingested toxins.
Photograph by Thomas Marent, Visuals Unlimted, Inc., Getty Images
KILLER BITE: Gila monsters are the only venomous lizards native to the United States. When they bite down on prey, their venom is released through grooves in their teeth.
Photograph by Michael D. Kern, NPL, Minden Pictures
SPOT-ON: The southern blue ring octopus uses its venomous saliva to kill prey such as crabs. It only shows its blue spots when it wants to warn predators to back off.
Photograph by David Fleetham, Alamy
SUPER STINGER: Millions of tiny venomous hooks cover the tentacles of the box jellyfish, found in waters north of Australia. If touched, the jellyfish might deliver a lethal sting.
Photograph by Dr. David Wachenfeld, Auscape, Minden Pictures
PINCH ME: Deathstalker scorpions use their pincers to perform mating dances—not to catch food. Instead they hide behind rocks for a surprise attack, subduing prey with their stinging tails.
Photograph by Daniel Heuclin, NPL, Minden Pictures
SSSTAY AWAY: Australia’s inland taipan rarely encounters humans. And that’s a good thing—the snake packs enough venom to kill a hundred people in one bite! As a warning, the snake raises its upper body into an S shape before it strikes.
Photograph by Robert Valentic, NPL, Minden Pictures
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Snake Charmers - Ep. 3
Burmese pythons in Florida? Yep! Research biologists Skip Snow and Mike Rochford prowl the Everglades examining and removing these unwanted, invasive snakes.