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Venomous Creatures

Want more information about living with venomous creatures? You can find us on Instagram. Our staff post interesting facts and issues related to our creepy crawlies.

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 variety of rotating venomous creatures.  Follow us on Instagram for updates about our current guest critters.


Originally posted: Sep 15, 2014
Last updated: Jul 8, 2022