Venom is one of nature’s great paradoxes. At its most basic level it’s designed to kill – and to do so quickly and efficiently. Yet, the same properties that make it deadly can also be harnessed to provide potent healing.

There are potentially 20 million distinct venom toxins, each with its own targets and effects that have yet to be explored. As National Geographic reported:1

Venom is exquisitely honed to stop a body in its tracks. The complex soup swirls with toxic proteins and peptides — short strings of amino acids similar to proteins. The molecules may have different targets and effects, but they work synergistically for the mightiest punch.

Some go for the nervous system, paralyzing by blocking messages between nerves and muscle. Some eat away at molecules so that cells and tissues collapse. Venom can kill by clotting blood and stopping the heart or by preventing clotting and triggering a killer bleed.”

Spider venom


Theraphosid, araneomorph and other spider venom for sale.

Dominated by small peptide ligands and polyamines, these venoms signal though a variety of receptors such as GPCRs, ion channels and kinases.

Scorpion venom


Buthid and non-buthid scorpion venom for sale.

The peptides in these venoms have a wide range of activities principally on ion channels such as K+, Ca2+ , Na+ and Cl

Invertebrate venom

 Other Invertebrates

Toxin and venom for sale from other poisonous and venomous invertebrates.

From Chilopoda and Coleoptera, through to Hymenoptera and Diplopoda, there is a wide range of tools available, for practically any target.

Vertebrate Venom by Species

Elapid venom


Cobra, mamba, taipan and other elapid venom for sale.

These peptide-rich venoms contain three-finger toxins that bind specifically to ion channels, but also GPCRs and other receptors.

Viper venom


Viper, pit viper and rattlesnake venom for sale.

As well as a diverse range of enzymes, viper venoms also contain cell penetrating peptides and antimicrobial compounds. This is the largest group of animals delivering venom derived drugs.

Vertebrate venoms

 Other Vertebrates

All other vertebrate poisons/ venom for sale.

Other venomous vertebrates, such as lizards, have already delivered a block buster type II diabetes drug and many more such compounds are likely.

Brazilian lancehead viper: Its venom was once used on the tips of arrowheads and to help treat high blood pressure.

In 1981, it became the first venom-based drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Saw-scaled viper: This viper’s venom was used to create the myocardial infarction drug tirofiban.

Viper venom is known to prevent blood from clotting, which is useful for anticoagulant drugs.

Venomous marine snails: Venom from the cone snail was used to make the drug ziconotide, which is used to treat chronic pain. Gila monster: Its venom was used to create the type 2 diabetes drug exenatide.
Sea anemones: Toxins from these sea creatures are being used to create medications to treat autoimmune diseases. Venomous fish: More than 1,000 species of fish have venom (such as the lionfish). Their venom remains largely unexplored by science.
Deathstalker scorpion: Its venom is being used in trials to help locate tumors during surgery. Fire-bellied toad: Venom from the fire-bellied toad is being used to develop drugs that help with imaging and identifying prostate cancer.
King Cobra: A specific toxin in King Cobra venom shows promise for treating chronic pain. Sea snakes: Venom from sea snakes remains largely unexplored.


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