The difference is in the delivery. Poison must be inhaled, ingested, or delivered via touch, while venom is injected into a wound. This may seem overly pedantic, but it should be noted that venom isn’t usually poisonous (meaning it generally won’t hurt you too much or at all if delivered in a different fashion than injecting, even if you swallow it).
So next time you find yourself saying “Daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider” (note: not actually true), take a step back and consider the form of delivery of the toxin: injected = venom; inhaled, ingested, or by touch = poison.
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