List of venomous animals

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Venomous animals include:

Many venomous animals, such as this blue ringed octopus (genus Hapalochlaena), are brightly colored or can display bright colors to warn potential predators.




  • Jellyfish sting using microscopic cells called nematocysts, which are capsules full of venom expelled through a microscopic lance. Contact with a jellyfish tentacle can trigger millions of nematocysts to pierce the skin and inject venom.[5]
  • Portuguese Man o' War
  • Sea Anemones
  • Some Corals


  • The remipede Xibalbanus tulumensis looks like a white centipede with a long segmented body and scores of legs which display a swimming motion. They live in underground caves of Mexico and Central America. Although blind, they are formidable predators, and feed on the shrimp that share their underground pools.



  • Some scientists have proposed that Sinornithosaurus had a venomous bite, but recent evidence suggests otherwise.[7]


There are at least 1,200 species of venomous fish, and they include




The black mamba has one of the most deadly bites of any snake.


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  1. ^ Funnel-web Spiders Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. at the Australian Museum, Sydney
  2. ^ Jone SC. "Ohio State University Fact Sheet: Brown Recluse Spider". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2006-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Poisonous Animals: Scorpion (Scorpiones)". ThinkQuest. c. 2000. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
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  7. ^ Gianechini, F.A., Agnolín, F.L. and Ezcurra, M.D. (2010). "A reassessment of the purported venom delivery system of the bird-like raptor Sinornithosaurus." Paläontologische Zeitschrift, in press. doi:10.1007/s12542-010-0074-9
  8. ^ Grady, Denise Venom Runs Thick in Fish Families, Researchers Learn New York Times 22 August 2006.
  9. ^ Ternay, A. "Dangerous and Venomous Aquarium Fish" (PDF). 

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