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Children's blog: Venom vs Poison

If you really are afraid of being bitten or biting something that can make you history. If you are dying to know what is the difference between poison and venom then read on...

Lethal consequences

You might be afraid of being bitten by a venomous snake, or suffer from poison ivy, but if you look between the 2 carefully you can see that they are completely different. Ronald's rule is a fundamental example of the differences between venom and poison. "If you bite it and you die, that's poison. If it bites you and you die, that's venom.

Poisonous animals and venomous animals

Animals like snakes or other reptiles are mostly venomous, except frogs, they can be extremely poisonous. Similar to Ronald's rule, if you touch a poisonous frog, you die. But when a venomous snake bites you, you die.

Do plants have this ability?

Plants look harmless enough, but they are responsible for human deaths throughout history. There are many poisonous plants, such as Agapanthus, Clivia, Lily of the Valley, and much more! So I think that would be a yes.

Fun Facts

  • Did you know snake venom can cost up to $1000?

  • Did you know that snake fangs are like syringes to inject venom?

  • Did you know that each year, poison control centers get more than 1000000 calls about accidental poisonings?


Accidental: happening unexpectedly

Harmless: doesn't harm

Fundamental: basic (eg: the fundamental basics of poison)

This explanatory writing was prepared by Y5 Astor student Ayrton.

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