Did you know that scorpions may not be as dangerous as you might think?
Imagine that you are walking quietly around the backyard of your grandmother's house, and suddenly, no more than suddenly, you feel something is going over your foot. Startled, looking down, you recognize the dreaded shape of the extremely dangerous scorpion. What is your reaction? Option A: Pass out. Option B: It has flashes of the important moments of your life, after all they say that's what happens before death. Option C: Relax and remember the Mega Curious teachings. Expect to read all the way to answer.
The truth is that almost everyone would die from the heart before a scorpion, but what not all people know is that this pet is not man's greatest enemy in the wild. Not even. Every scorpion has a stinger, which is nothing more than the instrument the bug uses when hunting and paralyzing its prey, which is usually insects and spiders. If that stinger gets to you, you might not even die.
The dreaded "Death Seeker"
There are at least 1, 500 scorpion species, and among this variety world only 25 are poisonous to the point of killing a person. One of the most dangerous - which can basically make you choose option B from the above quiz - is Leiurus quinquestriatus, known as “Deathstalker” or “Death Tracker”.
This face has such a dangerous poison that it can kill children and the elderly with ease. Strangely, they are the most adopted scorpions as pets.
In addition to the scorpion Darth Vader, there is also the dreaded potentially deadly Arizona scorpion, although we have been without death for decades. Ufa!
The good guy “Striped Tail Scorpion”
There are still some poisonous scorpions that do not pose much danger to humans. This is the case of Hoffmannius spinigerus, the striped-tailed scorpion. Also, it is worth remembering that these animals are more active at night, which makes the risk of a fatal encounter end up being lower. Apparently they enjoy dark environments, which may include boots, shoes and blankets. That's why it's smart to be smart and check it out before putting your foot in a scorpion's hotel.
In most cases, getting a sting from a scorpion is almost like being stung by a bee. It will hurt a little and leave the area swollen, but you must remember that some extremely allergic people may have anaphylaxis and intense reactions. If symptoms do not go away after half an hour, it is worthwhile to seek medical help.
It's always good to have a backseat with small scorpions, as they often have stronger poisons to kill or incapacitate their prey, while larger scorpions abuse their huge claws more when it comes to holding their poor victims.
The good side
Remember Darth Vader from scorpions? If you meet one of them ahead, run into the hills. There is only one group of people who do not fear the poison of this pet: the scientists. At least those who study the animal's poison to cure cancer.
Researchers at Seattle Children's Hospital have found that this scorpion's venom can help doctors discover cancer cells, making it easier for surgeons to remove tumors. See, Darth Vader is not always on the dark side of the force.