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What is Poison?

Kind of Poison




Someone once said, "What you don't know can't hurt you." Here's an argument against that: It is good to know if something is poisonous before you approach it (or it approaches you). We unearthed 10 unlikely poisonous creatures in order to give you a better chance next time you head into the wild kingdom.

Hooded Pitohui Stonefish Platypus Brown Tail Moth
Centipede Stingrays Salamander Shrew
  Catfish Poison Arrow Frog  

10 Poisonous Creatures

1. Hooded Pitohui:
The hooded pitohui of New Guinea is
the only documented example of a poisonous bird. In 1992 researchers discovered that the feathers and skin of the hooded pitohui contain a powerful neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin, which causes numbness and tingling skin in people who touched the birds.

2. Stonefish:
The stonefish is one of the most venomous vertebrates known. Its sharp dorsal spines contain enough poison to kill an adult human who is unfortunate enough to step on one.

3. Platypus:
Adult male platypuses have a poison gland in their hind legs. They can eject poison out of a hollow, horny spur on their ankle.

4. Browntail Moth:
The browntail moth caterpillar is covered with white and brown hairs. The brown hairs are the ones you have to look out for: They are barbed and contain a poisonous substance, and are frequently carried by the wind after the caterpillars molt. These hairs can cause human respiratory problems and an irritating skin rash.

5. Centipede:
One of a centipede's many pairs of legs has especially strong joints and end in a sharp claw into which a poison gland opens. These legs are used for seizing and killing prey. In some species, the bite is poisonous to humans.

6. Stingrays:

Believe it or not, stingrays are the most common cause of severe fish stings. They have whip-like tails that have sharp, sometimes barbed spines at the base. Through the spines, the stingray can inflict severe wounds, injecting venom from poison glands. Stingrays are bottom-dwellers usually found in warm, shallow waters, so watch where you walk in the water.

7. Salamander:
Some salamanders have poison
-secreting glands in their skin. The ones equipped with poison-producing skin glands are often brightly colored with conspicuous markings. This warns predators to stay away.

8. Shrew:
Some species of the small, shy shrew have poisonous saliva that they use to immobilize their prey. These venomous shrews usually eat fish, frogs, small mice, and newts--not people.

9. Catfish:
The dorsal and pectoral fins of many species of catfish are edged with poisonous spines. The spines are used for defense and can inflict severe wounds.

10. Poison Arrow Frog:
The poison arrow frog is only one of several amphibious species that secrete toxins from glands in its skin. The poison arrow frog uses its poison to kill potential predators. Native people of Central and South America use the toxin to poison the tips of arrows.

What is Poison?
Poison, any substance that produces disease conditions or tissue injury when absorbed into the body. Most poisons taken in sufficient quantity are lethal.

Kinds of Poison
Poisons are usually classified as corrosives, irritants, or narcotics. Corrosives, which include hydrochloric acid and ammonia, cause local tissue destruction, or "burning." If they are swallowed, vomiting occurs immediately. Irritants, such as arsenic, mercury, and laxatives, act directly on mucous membranes, causing gastrointestinal irritation accompanied by pain and vomiting. Irritants also include cumulative poisons, which can be absorbed gradually without apparent harm until they suddenly take effect. Narcotics act upon the central nervous system or vital organs and can cause coma, convulsions, or delirium. Narcotics include alcohol, turpentine, strychnine, and the botulin toxin that causes acute food poisoning .

Blood poisoning is a condition that occurs when harmful microorganisms invade the bloodstream. Most poison gases also affect the bloodstream by restricting the body's ability to absorb oxygen. These poisons are often considered a separate category called asphyxiants, a group that includes carbon monoxide.

Various treatments may counteract the effect of a poison. In most cases swallowing large quantities of water or milk to dilute the poison is advisable. Emetics are substances that induce vomiting and rid the stomach of poisons, although they must not be given to a person who has swallowed a corrosive poison. An antidote counteracts the effects of a poison chemically by neutralizing it, rendering it insoluble, absorbing it, or isolating it.

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