Generally, when the scientific name of the scorpion in front of you includes “Androctonus,” you better stay out of their way. They are regarded as the deadliest of the scorpion species.
Common Name: Fat-tailed Scorpion
Habitat: Dry habitats, desert areas
Size: Up to 10cm in length
Venom Potency: Very potent, causes several deaths each year
Should you keep them as pets: Not if you’re a scientist, or have a death wish, or both.
Aside from having one of the coolest nicknames in the world, they also cause deaths to children and people with heart conditions. Let’s face it, when somebody’s nickname is “Deathstalker,” you better avoid it, at all cost, presumably while crapping your pants.
Common Name: Deathstalker
Habitat: Arid, semi-arid and mesic regions
Size: Up to 80-110mm in length
Venom Potency: Normally wouldn’t kill a healthy human adult, but causes death to children and adults with health conditions.
Should you keep them as pets: If you have balls of steel, as some people do, have at it.
Having caused intense pain, comatose and heart failure, this scorpion specie deserves a place in this list.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name
Habitat: Tropical forests on the Amazon
Size: Between 80-100mm
Venom Potency: Causes salivation, profuse sweating and vomiting. In some cases, they caused numbness of legs, convulsions, semi-comatose and heart failures.
Should you keep them as pets: Sure.
Commonly found hiding under logs or stones, they are considered one of the most dangerous scorpions in South Africa.
Common Name: South African Fattail Scorpion
Habitat: Hot and Dry deserts and scrublands
Size: Up to 12cm
Venom Potency: Potent, they cause deaths to children and allergic persons.
Should you keep them as pets: As long as you don’t have children or allergic persons around, sure.
Aside from stingers, look at the size of its pincers. Needless to say, being pinched by them could be quite painful.
Common Name: Shiny burrowing scorpions or Yellow-legged creeping scorpions
Habitat: Dry areas with different temperature regimes
Venom potency: Moderately painful sting. Though the creepy part is the hissing sound when disturbed, and their pincers, of course.
Should you keep them as pets: Yes, as many people already did.