Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines
Discover how often-feared yet biologically important animals like spiders, scorpions, jellyfish, and snakes sting, suck, bite, and stun while using venom to capture prey and provide deadly defense against predators. Plus, learn how scientists are studying venom to harness compounds that could hold the key to curing human diseases—and explore the surprising differences between venom and poison in the natural world.
Fear not...unless you’re a frog. One of over a dozen new species on exhibit, the venom of the Okefenokee fishing spider is not a threat to humans, but is lethal to its preferred prey like small fish and amphibians. Hear from Academy biologist Spencer Rennerfeldt on how she handles this impressive arachnid—and watch it in action.
Scorpion vs. mouse
It might seem like an unfair fight, but the grasshopper mouse is a surprisingly formidable opponent to the bark scorpion, having developed resistance to its deadly venom. Academy arachnologist Lauren Esposito, PhD, is studying the fascinating relationship between the two species, on exhibit side-by-side for the first time.
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