Most VENOMOUS Animals Known To Man!

Check out the most venomous animals known to man! These creatures such as snakes, jellyfish and spiders are some of the most dangerous animals around the world that we know of today! Subscribe For New Videos! Watch our "DANGEROUS Animals In Australia!" video here: Watch our "Most DANGEROUS Bugs Around The World!" video here: Watch our "Most TERRIFYING Extinct Creatures Ever!" video here: 12. Platypus Adorable and goofy looking, the duck-billed platypus looks like it would be more at home in a cartoon rather than real life. However, this waddling chimera of animals has a rather painful surprise: the males of the species have venomous spurs on their hind legs. Deciding how venomous an animal is isn’t an exact science. However, scientists do use a standard known as LD50. LD50 refers to how much venom is needed to kill 50 percent of a test population of lab mice. The platypus’ poison glands are located in their thighs and they use spurs near their heels to inject the poison. While not fatal to humans, the toxins create excruciating pain that can last for weeks, and causes swelling and increased temperature. The pain, though, really is the worst part because no painkillers, not even morphine, can touch it. Why would such an adorable creature need poison glands Scientists aren’t actually sure, although it’s most likely used to defend their burrows and their young. 11. Brown Recluse Also called violin spiders or fiddleback spiders, the brown recluse carries venom that can cause serious injury and death. These spiders are mainly found in the Southeastern and Midwestern states of the United States, but they can be accidentally transported inside boxes and packages. This is a rare phenomenon and there have only been 10 confirmed cases of brown recluses being found outside their native habitats. Most sightings are due to these spiders being confused with similar looking cousins. The venom of the brown recluse is hemotoxic, meaning that it affects red blood cells. The bite of a recluse causes nausea, vomiting, necrosis, muscle and joint pain, the bursting of red blood cells, organ damage, and death. Death, however, only occurs in young children or the elderly with weak immune systems. Luckily, these spiders are not aggressive and only bite when disturbed. There is no antivenom for the brown recluse bite. Medical treatment is often slow and carries physical complications. Many times, the term “venomous” and “poisonous” are used interchangeably. Technically they aren’t the same. In a poisonous animal, the toxin is deployed passively like the toxins excreted by the poison dart frog. An animal that injects you with toxin, like the brown recluse, is venomous. 10. Gila Monster One of the most venomous lizards to humans, the Gila monster is a member of an exclusive club. Out of over 4,600 species of lizards, only a handful are venomous. In 1952, the Gila monster became the first venomous animal in North America to be granted legal protection. Getting bitten by a Gila monster is nasty business. It makes its venom in a row of glands in its lower jaw. When the lizard bites, small grooves in the teeth deliver the toxin into the wounds. Gila monsters bite and chew their victims and can take up to fifteen minutes before releasing it. While extremely painful, the venom of the Gila monster is not fatal in healthy humans. Victims can experience swelling, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, weakness, faintness, excessive perspiration, chills and fever. There have also been cases of severe reactions resulting in breathing difficulties. Most reported bites occur on the hands, suggesting the lizard defended itself after being handled or prodded. There is a good side to Gila monster venom. In the early 1990s, John Eng, an endocrinologist, discovered the venom contained a peptide that increased the production of insulin. Humans release a similar hormone but this peptide is longer lasting. Eng used his discovery to create a medication for those with Type 2 diabetes. 9. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake The eastern diamondback is not only the largest rattlesnake in North America, but it is also the most venomous. It can inject between 400 to 1,000 mg of venom in one bite. To give that some perspective, it only takes 100 to 105 mg to be lethal to humans. They can also strike up to one-third of their body length and their fangs can grow to over an inch long. Found in the Southeastern US, the diamondback rattlesnake is not as aggressive as portrayed. In fact, they actively avoid humans. Like the brown recluse, their venom is hemotoxic, causing tissue damage and killing red blood cells. Origins Explained is the place to be to find all the answers to your questions, from mysterious events and unsolved mysteries to everything there is to know about the world and its amazing animals!

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