Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 3, 2018

Difference Between A “Poisonous” Animal & “Venomous” One

Great Smoky Mountains Facebook page in an older post for Fun Fact Friday discusses

What’s the difference between a “poisonous” animal and a “venomous” one? Both types of animals produce a toxin, a chemical that is harmful to other animals.

However, poisonous animals must be eaten or touched to spread their toxin to others. For example, monarch butterflies are poisonous and distasteful to many birds. A venomous animal, on the other hand, directly injects its toxin by biting or stinging, like a scorpion.

So, that means there are no poisonous snakes in the park…just venomous ones! And, only two venomous snakes can be found here: the Timber rattlesnake and the Northern copperhead. Remember to always show them respect as you would any other wild animal by giving them space. If you leave them alone, they will likely leave you alone! #FunFactFriday

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