Dangerous Animals

This passage discusses dangerous types of animals and why they should be avoided by humans.

Lexile Level: 1070L

Categories: Animals & Nature

Even if you love animals, there are some kinds that you need to avoid because their bites or stings can hurt you. Snakes are one kind of poisonous animal. Most snakes are not poisonous, but there are a few that are poisonous, including mambas, cobras, coral snakes, kraits, sea snakes, and rattlesnakes. Most of these snakes live in other countries, with the exception of the rattlesnake. It's a good idea to stay away from snakes of any kind. Most snakes only bite in self-defense or to capture prey. If a snake does bite in self-defense, its bite usually does not contain venom, which is the poisonous substance from the snake. Other poisonous animals you might come across include the stingray, box jellyfish, salamanders, scorpions, and tarantulas. Bites from these animals should be treated immediately to prevent damage and pain to the body. A good rule about animals is to be kind and keep your distance, especially if you aren't sure if they are poisonous or not.

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