Anonymous asked in PetsReptiles · 1 month ago

What is the difference between a venomous snake and a poisonous snake? ?


I don’t have any pet snakes and I am NOT planning to have any. I am just curious.....

10 Answers

  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    8 hours ago

    Nothing.  a poisonous snake has venom.  The proper term is venomous snake.

  • 2 days ago

    Venom enters the body through injection, whereas poison enters through the body as a gas or liquid that you drink or if you absorb though your skin.  So there are actually no poisonous snakes (possibly debatable).  Technically venom is a type of poison, but really they're just venomous snakes. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Venom = if they bite you then you die

    Poison = if you bite it then you die 

    important to note- not all venom and poison is deadly, this is just a good rule of thumb

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Well a venomous snake has venom. And a poisonous snake has poison. There

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  • Poison is effective if touched, while venom must be injected into your body.  An example of a poisonous snake is a type of cobra that shoots poison at you, whereas most snakes bite you to release their venom if they are even harmful.

  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Poisonous has to do with a chemical. 

    Snakes and toads and spiders can be venomous.

  • 1 month ago

    Well first off don’t listen to anything tarkarri says cause they are clueless. All snakes are not venomous. Boas pythons and many colubrids are not venomous at all, there is not mild venom to them either 

    Venomous snakes have venom glands 

    Anonymous and tarkarri there are species of poisonous snakes google Rhabdophis

  • 1 month ago

     Something is venomous if it introduces a toxin by breaking the skin (bite, sting etc).

    ALL smakes are venomous it is just that some produces very little venom with very low toxicity so their venom is not anything to worry about.

    Something is poisonous if it introduces a toxin when you eat, drink  or inhale it. & sometimes i c you rub it on your skin. Unless you choose to eat their venom sacks, no snake is poisonous.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Poisonous animals are those that can secrete poison but have no means of injecting it into another animal. For example, toads have poison glands and these glands can release poison when they are threatened. Toads cannot inject the poison into another animal.

    Most snakes are not venomous because only some of them are able to inject venom into other animals using grooved or hollow fangs. The venom is used to disable prey so the snakes are considered venomous. There is no poisonous snake.

  • Dv8s
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Poison is a toxin that gets into the body via swallowing, inhaling or absorption through the skin.  Venom is a specialized type of poison that has evolved for a specific purpose. It is actively injected via a bite or sting."

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