Howard Zinn People's History of the United States

AW is an Amazon Affiliate and an Amazon UK affiliate

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a
voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.


paypal subscribe button

How To Support AW

Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Does it matter WHERE a venom enters the body?

Threaded View

  1. #9
    non-Euclidean architect Helix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Far North Queensland
    Posts
    8,065
    What you want is something like tetrodotoxin (TTX), which is a toxin produced by a bacterium. It's sequestered in various tissues in a range of organisms. Pufferfish (fugu) store it in their livers, as do some marine gastropods, but blue-ringed octopus keep it tucked away in their salivary glands, along with hapalotoxin. It acts rapidly and causes paralysis of skeletal muscle.

    ETA: If you have a look at case studies of blue-ringed octopus bites, you'll see that location of bite doesn't really matter. The effects on the 'victim' are really interesting and worth looking into. (I put victim in inverted commas, because the real victim is the harassed occy.)
    Last edited by Helix; 08-06-2020 at 10:16 AM.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search