It’s hard to say when the spark that ignited such a profound human curiosity began. From the perspective of evolution, its existence is reasonable and even expected. There are vast and unknown quantities of beneficial, harmful, venomous, and non-toxic species of flora and fauna on the great blue planet Earth. All kinds of plants and creatures exist. We have long been amazed by the beauty of flowers blooming, and we always seem to be chasing the fleeting beauty found in nature. From ancient times to the present, naturally eye-catching things have been deeply attractive to human beings.
In stark contrast to our interest in nature’s beauty lies another attraction to human beings—the deadly. In addition to the many species that pique human interest with their stunning attractiveness, humans are also drawn to lethal, venomous species. They are all-encompassing. They are endless. They fascinate and intrigue!
Poisonous and venomous species abound on our planet in varying degrees of lethality. In my limited knowledge, the first that come to mind are the fungi that are often lethal by accident, jellyfish that are easily encountered by the sea—another natural element we are drawn to, and a vast array of venomous snakes, spiders, insects, and other species. These species are very different from one another, but they share something in common: they are all very dangerous...
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