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Animal Toxins Overview


Name: Animal Venoms and Poisons

Use: medicinal uses

Source: spiders, insects, snakes, lizards, fish, and frogs

Recommended daily intake: none (not essential)

Absorption: varies but can be very fast, e.g. bites

Sensitive individuals: children (small size), previously sensitized

Toxicity/symptoms: varies

Regulatory facts: none

General facts: long history of use and desire to avoid

Environmental: global distribution, concern about expanding distribution to new areas

Recommendations: avoid


Meier, J (ed), and Julian White (Editor. Handbook of Clinical Toxicology of Animal Venoms and Poisons. CRC Press (Boca Raton, 1995).

"Amanita phalloides Mushroom Poisoning - Northern California.:, MMWR Vol 46 (22), June 6, 1997, p 489-491. Online. (accessed: 5 July 2003).

"Neurologic Illness Associated with Eating Florida Pufferfish." MMWR Vol 51(15) April 19, 2002, p 321-323. Online. (accessed: 5 July 2003).

"Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Jimson Weed Poisoning – Texas, New York, and California." MMWR Vol 44(3) January 27, 1995, p 41-44. Online. (accessed: 5 July 2003).

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