Venom: A toxin injected through a bite or sting.
The Arizona desert is home to animals that are unique to the region. They inspire our awe for their ability to survive and thrive in a harsh, arid environment.
But some of these same creatures also create fear because they can cause harm to humans through the venom, or poisonous secretions, in their bodies. Learn more about these animals and what to do if you encounter one.
The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is home to a rescued Gila monster. You can see a video of him in the Gila monster section. Follow us on Facebook for updates about Peg, our current guest critter. (The photo above is of one of Peg's cousins.)