Visitors can meet some of the world’s most venomous creatures in a new exhibition, Venom: Killer and Cure, at London’s Natural History Museum (November 10-May 13).
Snakes, spiders and scorpions, and 250 other specimens will be on display together for the first time.
Exhibits will show how vipers bring down prey and the cone snail venom has yielded a drug that can treat chronic pain – and why bee venom is used as an ingredient in facial cream.
Dr Ronald Jenner, venom evolution expert at the museum, said: “Our exhibition shows that venom’s immense versatility allows snails to hunt fish, bats to drink blood, and doctors to treat diabetes.
“Every year, venom causes untold death and suffering, but it saves and improves countless other lives.”
Sir Michael Dixon, Natural History Museum director, added: “The display of creatures from our collection allows an unusually intimate and fascinating close-up view of some of the most feared and deadly animals on our planet, yet many are being researched today for their use as a cure for life threatening human diseases.”
Picture credit © Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London