Venomous vs poisonous

Photo by Adam Baugh

These are two of South Africa’s most venomous snakes, a female boomslang to the left (seen because the female boomslang is brown and the male is green) and a black mamba to the right. It is almost unknown to see them together.

As an example, you collapse within 45 minutes after a single bite from a black mamba, and die within 8 hours if you have not received the anti-venom.

What is the difference between poisonous and venomous?

If you bite it and you die, it is poisonous; if it bites you and you die, it is venomous.

This diagram is incorrectly labelled, but very interesting:

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

  1. They look rather comfy together. Like a couple, human-watching. 🙂 I love this picture.
    Highly dangerous, but really cute.

    Also, I love the description of poisonous and venomous. 😀 Gorgeous.

  2. And that tree could be in someone’s back garden!!!! Oh Janet, there’s a lot to be said for living in England……and Sweden I guess?

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