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Quiz: How well do you know your venomous beasts?

Not all of nature’s calamities are dangerous looking.

AT PRESENT, IRELAND is experiencing one of its worst ever infestations of Portuguese Man-of-Wars off the west coast.

To look at one, you might think it (actually, it’s more accurate to say ‘they’) is (a) a jellyfish (it isn’t), and (b) harmless (it most certainly isn’t – at best its sting will hurt like billy-o).

But how well do you know your other venomous beasties? Take our quiz to find out!

The trapdoor spider. Can it do you harm?
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Yes
No
How about this little guy, the brilliantly-monikered tarantula hawk wasp?
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Yes
No
The deathstalker scorpion. Is his bite as scary as his name?
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Yes
No
The Jerusalem cricket looks a nefarious individual. But can he hurt you?
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Yes
No
Ah wouldya look at its widdle face. The duck-billed platypus - is it really venomous?
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It sure is
It surely isn't
The tarantula, about the most famous spider of them all. But can he injure you fatally?
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Yes
No
The inland taipan snake of central Australia. Friend or foe?
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Friend
Foe
The charming-looking pufferfish. Can it hurt you?
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Yes
No
The gila monster lizard. Can it do you harm?
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Yes
No
Finally, the golden poison frog. Is it as bad as it sounds?
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Yes
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Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
You're Ant and Dec!
You may like hanging around with angry animals, but you sure don't understand them
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You scored out of !
You're Ant and Dec!
You may like hanging around with angry animals, but you sure don't understand them
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're Ant and Dec!
You may like hanging around with angry animals, but you sure don't understand them
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're Ant and Dec!
You may like hanging around with angry animals, but you sure don't understand them
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You scored out of !
You're Indiana Jones!
Sure, you look cool. But what's the use when you're terrified of snakes?
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You scored out of !
You're Indiana Jones!
Sure, you look cool. But what's the use when you're terrified of snakes?
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You scored out of !
You're Indiana Jones!
Sure, you look cool. But what's the use when you're terrified of snakes?
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You scored out of !
You're Bear Grylls!
The outside world and its many dangers hold no fear for you
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You scored out of !
You're Bear Grylls!
The outside world and its many dangers hold no fear for you
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You scored out of !
You're David Attenborough!
Not much chance of a venomous ne'er-do-well catching YOU off guard
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You scored out of !
You're David Attenborough!
Not much chance of a venomous ne'er-do-well catching YOU off guard
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