Animals are no doubt a big part of our existence as humans. They create biodiversity which is an important aspect of the ecosystem.
As much as some of these animals will have you biting your tongue after making a meal out of them, there are quite a number of them that should not be consumed.
Research has it that Covid1-9 broke out as a result of someone, somewhere who ate a bat. Bats are known to contain poisonous substances that must not be absorbed into the human body. Apart from Covid. there are a number of other related diseases that could be contracted as a result of making a meal out of such a deadly animal.
2. ORANGE ROUGHY
An Orange roughy is a type of fish that can be found in the Pacific and Atlantic ocean. These fish don’t reproduce until they are about 20 years old and can reportedly live for up to 149 years.
They are animals are mammals covered in scales made of keratin, just like human fingernails. Pangolins are said to be very tasty but also harmful to humans as they carry poisonous substances that could cause diseases just like bats.
4. POISON DART FROG
These sets of frogs are best known for their bright and attractive skin colours. Ironically, this serves as a strong warning to the predators of their toxicity. They are poisonous when eaten and even touched.
5. MONARCH BUTTERFLY
Monarch Butterflies are extremely colourful but as much as pretty as they look, even birds that generally love to pick on butterflies hate these ones because they contain poisons from when they were caterpillars. Recall, caterpillars love to consume “milkweed” which is their favourite plant.
6. YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING
It is one of the most numerous birds found in the far east and eastern Siberia. Although some find them high in nutritional value, they are generally considered dangerous to the human body.
7. ASIAN TIGER SNAKE
The Asian Tiger Snake is the only snake that is considered both venomous and poisonous. It does not only produce from its bite, but it also stores toxins extracted from its toad prey in its skin.
8. HOODED PITOHUI
The Hooded Pitohui is a bird that stores a neurotoxin known as homobatrachotoxin in its skin and features. This toxin has been discovered to be harmful to humans and small animals upon contact. It causes a certain numbness and tingling sensation.
9. HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLE
It consumes a variety of prey including toxic algae and sponges including Cnidarians. Their flesh has also been considered incredibly toxic. This literally translates to the fact that when eaten, they cause discomfort and other nausea related illnesses to the human body.
10. CANE TOAD
The cane toad is a rare toad. It produces toxins such as bufotoxin in their poison glad, considered to be one of the most dangerous toxins in the world. Their toxin is so potent that it can kill a variety of animals particularly dogs.
11. SPANISH FLY
The Spanish fly produces a toxin known as Cantharidin to defend themselves against predators. Their toxin, when injected into the skin, causes burning pain and blisters. If eaten, it causes ulcers, bleeding all through the digestive tract.
12. COMB STARS
Comb stars contain a potent neurotoxin called Tetrodotoxin that causes paralysis and death eventually, resulting from the failure of the respiratory system.
13. ROUGH-SKINNED NEWT
There are only 3 species of this poisonous salamander and the Rough-skinned Newt is considered the most poisonous. They have enough tetrodotoxin in their flash to kill their predators.
14. STRIATED SURGEONFISH
This species of fish accumulates toxins through their diet. The build-up of toxins in their flesh causes ciguatera fish poisoning which affects an estimated number of 20,000 to 50,000 people per year.
Almost every organ of the pufferfish has been found to contain dangerous nerve toxins poisonous to humans.
Vultures have been analyzed and found to contain a flesh-degrading fusobacteria and poisonous clostridia. They excrete toxic chemicals that make that are poisonous to the human body.
17. BELCHER’S SEA SNAKE
It is considered one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. it is a marine reptile, whose bite can kill humans within 30 minutes.
18. REDBACK SPIDER
They are generally found in Australia. These spiders carry lethal neurotoxins that cause serious harm. The attacks occur during the summer by the female redback.
19. BOX JELLYFISH
The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous animals in the world. By estimation, they have killed over 5,500 since 1954. Their venom attacks the heart and nervous system of humans.
20. CONE SNAIL
The cone snail does not only contain a toxin but contains a mix of several toxins for which they are no known anti-toxins.