Did you know that the venom of a box jelly attacks not only the heart and nervous system, but skin cells as well? They’re known to be one of the most deadly animals in the world. So deadly, in fact, that humans rarely survive being stung by one, and when they do they’re left with scarring from where they were attacked. Oh, and they’re in pain for weeks after the encounter. The immediate pain is so intense that upon being stung it’s not uncommon for people to be sent into shock, which often leads to death by drowning.
And while the box jelly is typically referred to as the most venomous animal on the planet, there’s another animal that’s giving it a run for its money.
You might be surprised to learn that it’s not the venomous king cobra, whose bite can kill an adult human in 15 minutes. It’s not the blue-ringed octopus either, though they hold enough poison in their bodies to take out 26 people in a matter of minutes. I’m not even talking about the death-starker scorpion, which, to be honest, you think would have the others beat based on its name alone.
It’s the marbled cone snail!
These snails certainly are lovely, but they’re as deadly as they are beautiful. A single drop of this snail’s venom is powerful enough to kill 20 adult humans! While some animal’s venom may be deadlier, none cane do so much damage with so little.
A cone snail sting can result in tingling, swelling, numbness, and intense pain. In extreme cases symptoms include respiratory paralysis, vision impairment, and muscle paralysis. The fact that you may experience the effects immediately, but they could take days to appear does little to put my mind at ease!
On the bright side, cone snails aren’t out to get you! The truth is, they typically only use their venom for catching prey, and will only really bother a human if a human bothers them. That’s why only a few dozen people have died from cone snail stings.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about these awesome animals and the prey that’s unfortunate enough to be their target!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.