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Venomous Creatures

scorpionThe Arizona desert is home to plants and 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 the same creatures also create fear because they can cause harm to humans through the venom, or poisonous secretions, in their bodies.

Want to see more? View a brief video of some of the desert's venomous animals.

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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.



The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is a public service funded by the state through the Arizona Department of Health Services. In the past two years, the state cut center funding by 50 percent. This significant reduction has made it difficult to maintain the high quality of service we have provided for more than 50 years. If you'd like to help, you may make on online donation through the University of Arizona Foundation.

Updated: Wednesday, 09 January 2013