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What’s It Like To Be Stung By A Giant Emperor Scorpion…Look Here & Find Out

The Emperor scorpion is not only ridiculously huge, but it’s horrifyingly nasty looking and is a species of scorpion native to rainforests and savannas in West Africa. It is one of the most famous scorpion species and also one of the largest in the world. But, looks can be deceiving and despite being a huge with a menacing appearance, the truth is that its poison is not lethal to humans. Some molecules that make up their venom are currently under research, as scientists believe that they could have properties against malaria and other harmful bacteria for our health.

The emperor scorpion has a length of 7.9 inches and a weight of 30 grams, which make it one of the most remarkable species visually speaking. It is the biggest species but not the longest. Pregnant females are the ones with the largest weight. They show a dark blue or bright black color with some areas in brown and a gritty texture. The lateral parts of their body have a whitish strip that extends from the head to the tail. The tip of the latter, known as telson, is an intense red color that contrasts with all its anatomy.

But the question is; why would anyone purposely want to get stung by this giant arachnida? Well, I suppose, if you wanted to make a video and post it to YouTube, you’ve got to do something terribly stupid to get people to watch  it and this sure fits that description.

Here’s the description that went along with this video:

Curiosity killed the cat, and it may be the demise of David Prager as well. This week, he is the unfortunate victim of an emperor scorpion sting… for science! And we have our slow motion cameras ready to capture every single tiny gory detail of the attack. With anaphylactic shock a real risk, we have Dr. Justin Davis on hand to explain worst case scenario. Effects can range from mild discomfort to death!

 

H/T – scorpionworlds.com

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