"Venomous" vs "Poisonous," Explained With Adorable Talking Animals

Science and nature cartoonist Rosemary Mosco's latest webcomic explains the difference between venomous and poisonous in just half a dozen panels (fewer, if you count the intro and the kicker), which makes it as pithily informative as it is charming.

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Here's a little more information for those interested. See more of Mosco's work here and here.

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Dear Abby,

Let's "say" I have barbs all over me. They got mad toxins in them. You wouldn't want to chew 'em or lick 'em, but you also wouldn't want to be stuck with one of them. Am I venomous or poisonous?

- Identity Crisis in Hollywood, CA