Organisms use poisons to survive. Some use poison to capture prey. What’s another way they use poison?
A. to attract a mate
B. to defend themselves
C. to mark their territory
Which of the following can be poisonous?
A. plants and animals
B. plants, animals, and bacteria
C. plants, animals, bacteria, and minerals
Which disease is caused by mercury
A. mad hatter disease
A substance may be harmless to one species and poisonous to another. Which substance is poisonous for dogs?
The leaves of the passionflower
are poisonous. When longwing caterpillars eat the leaves, they:
A. die from the poisons
B. get sick from the poisons
C. survive and become toxic butterflies
How do poisonous snakes like the gabon viper
get their poison?
A. by eating poisonous plants
B. by eating poisonous animals
C. by making their own venom
Many poisonous animals like the golden poison frog
are brightly colored to:
A. warn predators
B. hide from predators in colorful surroundings
C. attract mates
Most poisonous snakes deliver venom with different kinds of toxins. Each poison affects the body in different ways. Hemotoxins attack the:
produce a neurotoxin that can paralyze prey by affecting nerve cells. These same toxins can be used as:
B. pain relievers
Some of the “magical” effects of potions in myths and fairy tales could be explained by actual poisons. What kind of poison could explain Snow White’s “sleep”?
A. A poison that causes paralysis
B. A poison that causes feelings of flying
C. A poison that cause hallucinations