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Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

May 25, 2015 by

In our Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly you will find animals that rarely share a stage together, from spiders to fish to giant lizards! The words, “Poisonous and Venomous,” are often confused and used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. They are different enough in fact, so that one could be considered a adequate defense and the other an extremely effective offense.

Poison, usually chemicals that maybe harmful if swallowed, acts as a deterrent to being eaten. These could be considered passive weapons that are only useful if the poisonous animal is attacked and then the attacker has to be susceptible to the poison. Venom, however is the nuclear weapon of the animal world! It can make a 10 pound rattlesnake the equal of a 1,000 pound horse, turn a sleepy cobra into the victor of a fight with a voracious tiger or allow a few dozen ants to knock off a giant grasshopper a hundred times their strength!

snakes reptiles 3

Poisonous and venomous animals are everywhere, though we rarely see it that way. People know bees sting, but rarely express it as being attacked by a venomous animal, yet that’s what it is. The common garden variety toad is a poisonous animal that children play with everyday without harm. Though it’s true, few children try to eat toads. Nearly all these animals regard humans as at least an annoyance, but a few as mortal enemies, yet rarely do these animals attack humans, except in fear of their own lives. In spite of these facts humans have created a mythology around some venomous animals, like the cobra and tarantula, comparable to super-villain status.

Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly SAFETY- NONE of these animals pose any threat to any person in the room. All the animals are contained and handled by experienced people and none of the animals we bring are truly dangerous in any way within the confines of this show and your school.


The Animals of the

Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

The greatly feared tarantula! There is an expression that a “dog’s bark is worse than his bite,” and it would be the same for these spiders and most spider species. Their bite would rarely rate as medically important much less dangerous! But they look the part and many act it too, raising their legs to show their fangs and making very threatening gestures. All in the hopes that the big bad boogie-human will go away!

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Beauties of the seas, these amazing looking snails pack a venomous punch that far over awes their modest size of 4-8 inches long. The venom comes in a harpoon that is actually fired at fish, for food, or at a larger animal for defense.

turtle reptile Trionyx muticus. (1842)

Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

Once the harpoon hits its mark, the cone snail then reels in the harpoon and devours the meal. But if that was your finger that was just harpooned you could looking at a only a few hours to live! The Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly does not bring a live specimen of these, due to the difficulty of transporting them.


Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

The bane of northern Australia is the Cane Toad. Transported down under 100 years ago, to work on eating the locusts that were destroying crops. The toad now eats all smaller animals than itself and is deadly poisonous to any larger animal that may try to eat it; even some of the deadliest venomous snakes in the world succumb to this toad! Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly brings it safely, to be observed!


Scorpions are warm weather hunters of spiders and large insects. They use those claws to keep the prey at a safe distance from themselves and deliver the venom through the stinger at end of their body. (It’s not a tail, but a telson, an extension of the abdomen.) Unlike spiders, which rarely harm humans, scorpions are much more of a serious medical problem in many parts of the world. We’ll bring one that isn’t capable of hurting anyone, and it won’t be allowed to wander the room!

Squalus Tentaculatus

Though often played with in aquariums, the sting ray, unrestrained, tail barb unclipped and angry, was dangerous enough to kill poor Steve Irwin. We are quick to point out that he would not have died had the barb not been thrust into his chest! Most people get the barb in the leg, when they accidentally step on the ray. In those situations the venomous barb is painful, but far from deadly.

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Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

A discovery by Dr Frye in 2007 found that all monitor lizards, and in fact about half all living lizards, are in fact, venomous. Most to such a small degree that a bite to a human delivers so little weak venom as to not be noticed! However the largest of monitors, the Komodo Dragon, packs a dangerous bite. The Water Monitors that we use do not carry anything like the level of threat the big Dragons do. And of course the kids will not be handling these animals.


Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

Clownish in appearance, the puffer is certainly nothing to laugh about, should you try and eat it! Loaded with high concentrations of a bacteria produced toxin, called tetradotoxin, the puffer is a poisonous fish to stand for all poisonous fish!

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Stunning in its ferocity is the centipede. Taking on animals larger and more powerful than itself the centipede makes full use of its venomous bite, taking down lizards, mice and scorpions.

Beetle Prionus (Orthomegas) Cinnamomeus

southern milk snake

The Milk Snake isn’t a venomous snake but its appearance is so similar to the venomous Coral Snake as to cause much confusion.


Though only a preserved specimen is used in Venomous and Poisonous Animals School Assembly, the Rattlesnake shows probably the highest, most advanced evolutionary form of venom use. The fangs, which are retractable, like cats claws, are attached to venom glands in the head behind the eyes. When the snake bites the fangs unfold, when they are pressed into flesh, muscles surrounding the glands contract forcing liquid down a tube that leads to each fang. There is an exit hole at the far end of the fang, making the fang similar to hypodermic needle.

snake reptile Tropidonotus fasciatus. (1842)

Prices for the Poisonous And Venomous Animals School Assembly

NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                                $375

CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)            $375

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NYC Manhattan (212, 917, 646, 347)                                             $450

No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                   $375

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