There aren't very many venomous critters in the Cook Islands. There are stonefish, though. They are hard to see, and easy to step on, which is unfortunate, because they've got spines full of venom glands. You're not likely to die from getting stuck by one, but you'll experience "immediately excruciating and incapacitating localized pain," according to this eMedicine page about stonefish. -- Mark
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On June 21, 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair moved from Los Angeles to the South Pacific. Our first stop is Rarotonga, a tiny island in the South Pacific. We're bringing our two young daughters with us.

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The Island Chronicles: MARK FRAUENFELDER and CARLA SINCLAIR continue their experiment in South Pacific living. Read their latest dispatch exclusively on LAWeekly.com!

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