Why aren't we mocking the guy who mixed up copperheads and corn snakes?
[...]they don't look drastically different to me[...]
That's the joke.
Oh. Ahem. Got it.
Google says that a few snakes are actually posionous due to the poisonous animals (frogs mainly) that they eat regularly.
Pet peeves interest me. Some people get riled over the poisonous versus venomous usage. Others don't. Personally I loath the misspelling of lose, the use of impact as a verb (and don't even get me started on the use of impactful), and the conflation of further with farther. Others could not care less (or should I say could care less, given that common and totally illogical usage). Then there are plenty of usages that I don't care about and lots of mistakes I make out of either carelessness or ignorance that probably drive some folks nuts. Hopefully (), none of the finals I grade today will conflate lose with loose.
Arlington Cat's Mom: Honey, there's a snake in my kitchen! Here's a picture. Can you tell me if it's poisonous?
Arlington Cat: No, it's not poisonous.
AC's Mom: (Picks up snake to take outside).
AC: It's venomous you stupid 8%!7(#. How many times do I have to tell you, we don't call snakes “poisonous” anymore. Jeez.
AC's Mom: (Keels over dead).
I think this post is ridiculous, but it is sort of an important distinction… in a way. If a snake is venomous (dangerous venom to humans, anyway) but not poisonous, you can eat the meat, but you're in trouble if it bites you. If it is poisonous (to humans), but not venomous, the bite won't cause any more trouble than the pain you experience, but if you eat the snake meat, you're in trouble.
No, venemous is a specific type of poisonous, which is a broader term. Poisonous means just having properties of poison - could mean it's poisonous to eat, or it is venemous and is poisonous to you if you are stung/bitten. Mushrooms can be poisonous -they can poison you if you eat them. They are not venemous – they don't produce venom. Venom is a type of poison animals produce. A snake that produces venom but is safe to eat can be called poisonous because it has poisonous (venemous) properties, just as a ficticious snake that would be lethal to eat but does not produce venom would also have poisonous properties.
Venom infects through the blood, poison infects through the digestive system. Venom is not poisonous if digested. Venom feels like crazy glue and tastes nasty, but it is not poisonous. Venom needs to be entered into the bloodstream to do its dirty work. So venom is not poison.
Was this topic revisited a year later due to careful reflection?
ven•om•ous (ˈvɛn ə məs)
1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisonous bite or sting.
2. full of or containing venom; poisonous.
1. Capable of harming or killing by or as if by poison; toxic or venomous.
2. Containing a poison.
Sounds like synonyms to me.
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