Further Reading


E. Sohn. “Better living from scorpion venom.” Science News for Kids. Sept. 22, 2010.

E. Sohn. “Toxic birds may get poison from beetles.” Science News for Kids. November 5, 2004.

S. Ornes. “World’s largest lizard is venomous too.” Science News for Kids. July 15, 2009.

Peek inside a platypus nest: YouTube

Watch fighting male platypuses: YouTube

Jack Dumbacher talks about studying hooded pitohuis: YouTube

Jack Dumbacher describes how batrachotoxin works: YouTube

An African crested rat chews up toxic bark and spreads it on its fur: YouTube

A Komodo dragon uses its venom to bring down a water buffalo: YouTube

A Komodo dragon plays with its keeper: YouTube

More about the African crested rat: Discover Magazine

More about the platypus and its venom: PBS.org

Teachers’ questions: Questions you can use in your classroom related to the article