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Venomous Creatures

Want more information about living with venomous creatures? Our certified specialists also have written handy fact sheets called POISONology, available on this site to read and download. You can also find us on Facebook. Our specialists post interesting facts and issues related to our calls.

Venom: A toxin injected through a bite or sting.

closeup of Gila monster with tongue out

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.)


Originally posted: Sep 15, 2014
Last updated: Aug 25, 2017