5 Most Dangerous Scorpions in the World

The Androctonus Scorpion which is also known by the name of the Fat-Tailed Scorpion is probably the most dangerous species of scorpions from all around the world. Even though it is just 4 inches in length, this small beast can kill a human being in a matter of minutes. The Androctonus lives mostly under rocks and other forms of shelter. These scorpions avoid the coastal areas or any other areas which might have high levels of humidity. Some of these scorpions burrow from time to time but not all of them. It is unfortunate however that most of their hiding places or shelters are found near human settlements. The Androctonus can be found in Togo, Palestine, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Afghanistan.

The species which is commonly known as the Deathstalker Black Scorpion is the second one on our list of most dangerous scorpions in the world. The Deathstalker is commonly regarded as extremely dangerous species of scorpions. This is since the venom of the Deathstalker is the most powerful and most painful venom in the world, it can kill humans whether children or elders in a matter of minutes. These deadly scorpions can be found in scrubland habitats or deserts, such as Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Libya, Niger, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The Gormar species of scorpions range from anywhere between 5 to 4 inches in their body length and they weigh up to several ounces each. The scorpion species is solid black in color, has an exceptionally dense exoskeleton and has black legs with a touch or hint of red in them. The Scorpion can kill a human being in a matter of 10 minutes. They make their shelters in tropical rain forests and jungle climates and environment. Even though a single sting of this scorpion can kill any human within minutes, there is no anti-venom present for this venom hence anybody who has been infected would have to be treated by analgesics and vasodilators.

The Tanzanian Red Claw, or the Red claw scorpion as it was originally named, is the common name for the species of scorpions named as Pandinus Cavimanus. The sting of one of these red claw scorpions has been commonly compared to as the sting of a bee. Children who are stung by this Scorpion get badly hurt by the venom and can often die due to allergic reactions. These scorpions are found living with the humid climate of the rainforests of Africa and Tanzania. They like to be hidden from sight and can be found taking shelter under rocks, shallow burrows and even fallen logs.

The Emperor scorpion is last on this list and is a native African scorpion. This scorpion is one of the largest scorpion species in the world and can live for up to 8 years. The scorpion has a black shiny body and pincers which are bumpy. The venom of this scorpion, however, is mild and this species is not an aggressive species. It can be found in Togo, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.


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