Poisonous Animal

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Poisonous Animal, any animal that captures its prey or defends itself by means of a poisonous bite or sting. The term usually is applied to animals whose sting or bite causes death or serious damage, rather than temporary irritation. Thus rattlesnakes and scorpions are considered poisonous animals, but catfish and ants are not. Less commonly, the term is applied to animals whose flesh may cause illness when eaten; examples are sharks and porpoises.


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