Monday, December 18

The Five Deadliest Scorpions in The World

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Androctonus Australis

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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.

Leiurus quinquestriatus

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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.

Tityus obscurus

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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.

Parabuthus transvaalicus

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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.

Opistophthalmus glabrifrons

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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

Size: 9-11.5cm

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.


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