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

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    non-Euclidean architect Helix's Avatar
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    Far North Queensland
    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.

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