Golden Poison Frog
It is probably the most poisonous animal on Earth. It is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous. A single frog contains enough poison to kill 20,000 mice or 10 people. It is usually found in Central and South America. Scientists are unsure of the source of this frog’s amazing toxicity, but it is possible they assimilate plant poisons, which are carried by their prey.
Black widow spider
Only the female spider is dangerous to humans. The venom of the female black widow spider is 15 times as toxic as the venom of the Prairie Rattlesnake. After mating, the female sometimes eats the male as she mates only once in her life, earning the name “widow. The black widow spider (Latrodectus spp.) is a spider notorious for its neurotoxic venom. The black widow is not aggressive. It will, however, bite instinctively when touched or pressed. She hangs belly upward and rarely leaves the web.
Inland Taipan Snake
Inland Taipan is the most toxic land snake in the world, with a lethal dose estimated to be fifty times that of the Indian cobra. A single bite from this fierce Australian Snake contains enough venom to kill as many as 100 human adults, or 250,000 mice. Taipan venom is overwhelmingly neurotoxic and thus severely affecting the nervous system. Symptoms include vomiting, flaccid paralysis, and eventual respiratory paralysis. Maximum yield recorded (for one bite) is 110mg.
Brazilian Wandering Spider
It is an extremely fast, extremely venomous, and extremely aggressive spider. Its legs are strong and spiny and they have distinctive red jaws, which they display when angered. Two pairs of their eight eyes are large, and they do not make webs, instead go hunting for prey. These large and dangerous true spiders are ranked among the most venomous spiders known to man. In fact, the Brazilian Wandering Spider is the most venomous spider in the New World. This spider is sometimes called the “banana spider” because it is often hidden among bananas shipped to the U.S.
It is a fairly large and aggressive scorpion species. It is considered the most venomous scorpion. Its very potent venom helps it compensate for its smaller size and narrow, weak pincers; this scorpion’s sting injects extremely toxic venom (a neurotoxin) that can cause extreme pain, fever, convulsions, paralysis, and often coma or death in humans (by heart or respiratory failure). The Death Stalker Scorpion is found in North Africa and the Middle East.
Death Cap Mushroom
This single, widespread species of mushroom is solely responsible for the majority of fatal and otherwise serious mushroom poisoning cases, worldwide Ingestion of death caps account for as many as 90 percent of mushroom poisoning deaths worldwide. It is estimated that 30 grams (half of a cap) of this mushroom is enough to kill a human.
Dioxins are among the most toxic substances known to man. Its toxicity is second only to radioactive waste. Dioxin is a cancer hazard to people. Exposure to dioxin can also cause severe reproductive and developmental problems. Dioxin is well known for its ability to damage the immune system and interfere with hormonal systems.
It has been called the Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons. Exposure to lower levels can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a sensation of “pins and needles” in hands and feet. Ingesting very high levels of arsenic can result in death from multi-system organ failure probably from necrotic cell death. Several studies have shown that ingestion of inorganic arsenic can increase the risk of skin cancer and cancer in the lungs, bladder, liver, kidney and prostate. Inhalation of inorganic arsenic can cause increase risk of lung cancer.
Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Inhalational anthrax is highly fatal. Respiratory infection initially presents with cold or flu-like symptoms for several days, followed by severe (and often fatal) respiratory collapse. If not treated soon after exposure, before symptoms appear, there is a near 100% mortality.
It is the active component of chili peppers. Capsaicin is what puts the heat or pungency in chillies. In large quantities, capsaicin can cause death. Symptoms of overdose include difficulty breathing, blue skin, and convulsions. capsaicin, is so hot that a single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will produce a blistering of the tongue.
It is the most dangerous of known venomous fishes. It has thirteen stout spines in the dorsal fin, which can inject a highly toxic venom. and its venom causes severe pain with possible shock, paralysis, and tissue death depending on the depth of the penetration. This level can be fatal to humans if not given medical attention within a couple of hours.
It is also known as death camas. This plant arises from a bulb and may be mistaken for an onion like plant. They are common in parts of the western United States. Some species are found in the eastern United States and in parts of the North American, western sub arctic and eastern Siberia. All parts of death camas are toxic. Symptoms of toxicity include nervousness, frothing at the mouth, loss of muscle control, subnormal temperature, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, reduced heart rate, decreased blood pressure and respiration rate with possible coma.
Here are the best deadly poisons, ingested or inhaled:
1. Botulinum (ingested)
2. Ricin (ingested or inhaled)
3. Anthrax (inhaled)
4. Sarin (inhaled)
5. Tetrodotoxin (ingested)
6. Cyanide (ingested or inhaled)
7. Mercury (inhaled)
8. Strychnine (ingested or inhaled)
9. Amatoxin (ingested)
10. Compound 1080 (ingested or inhaled)
Now I know what to stay away from! I live in Phoenix and have seen a good amount of black widow spiders and scorpions. Thankfully I have never been bit and hope to keep it that way. I read that one of our hospitals has an experimental antivenin, but I really don't ever want to need to use it.