Scorpion Venom is the most expensive liquid in the world and it costs $39,000,000.– Business Insider
After you know about its benefits and the way it is harvested, you will understand why Scorpion Venom is the costliest liquid in the world – it costs $39,000,000 per gallon.
A Scorpion’s Sting is so dangerous that it can paralyze a person or can even cause death.
Still, it’s highly valuable and sells at a very high price, why?
Well, in this blog post, we’ll know about the benefits and uses of the Scorpion Venom and why it is so costly.
So, here we go…
What is Scorpion Venom?
Scorpion Venom is a neurotoxic chemical which is harvested from different types of Scorpions. If injected directly, it can paralyze the whole nervous system.
However, besides toxicity, it also contains pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics which have multiple benefits in the medical field.
Among all the different scorpions, the Deathstalker Scorpion is the most dangerous and its venom ($39 million per gallon) is used for multiple medical purposes.
Understanding a Scorpion Structure
The Scorpion body is divided into 3 main parts – prosoma (the head), opisthosoma (the abdomen), and the metasoma (the tail).
Here’s the complete Scorpion Anatomy:
1 = Cephalothorax or Prosoma
2 = Abdomen or Mesosoma
3 = Tail or Metasoma
4 = Claws or Pedipalps
5 = Legs
6 = Mouthparts or Chelicerae
7 = Pincers or Chelae
8 = Moveable claw or Tarsus
9 = Fixed claw or Manus
10 = Stinger or Aculeus
11 = Telson (anus in the previous joint)
12 = Opening of book lungs
Types of Scorpion Species
Followings are the main types of scorpion species, which are:
- Emperor Scorpion
- Red Claw Scorpion
- Red Scorpion
- Blue Scorpion
- Arizona Bark Scorpion
- Pseudo Scorpion
- Giant Forest Scorpion
- Tailless Whip Scorpion
- Fat Tail Scorpion
- DeathStalker Scorpion
- Three Striped Scorpion
- Arizona Hairy Scorpion
Of course, there are hundreds of other types of scorpions which all couldn’t be listed here.
Here’s a beautiful Scorpion Identification Chart by ABeePestPro which can help you understand better.
Uses of Scorpion Venom
While the main uses are in the medical field, followings are the uses (or, possible uses) of Scorpion Venom:
- For the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis [*]
- For the treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [*]
- Can kill staph and tuberculosis bacteria [*]
- For Cancer-related researches
- Can help detect the brain tumours
- Can also be used as a painkiller [*]
- Helps prevent organ rejection during transplant
- Could lead to completely new antibiotics [*]
And, a lot more which couldn’t be listed here. But, you get the idea of how important it is, right?
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Scorpions are dangerous, but at the same time scorpion venom presents itself as revolutionary in the field of medical research. Various researches claim that it has the potential to treat diseases like Cancer, Tumours, Arthritis, etc.
The research might be a bit slow on the topic, but it is going on for sure and can bring the revolutions in the medical field.
It is so expensive because milking a single scorpion can only produce a venom droplet of the size of one sugar grain. To get 1 gallon of Scorpion Venom, you’ll have to milk approximately 2.64 million scorpions (or, a single scorpion 2.64 million times); and that’s why it costs $39 million per gallon.
Out of 1500 known Scorpion Species, only 25 species hold venoms that are dangerous for humans. And, generally, it can’t kill a healthy adult but can be deadly for kids and older adults.
Scorpion Venom is used for Arthritis treatment, Cancer treatment, Prevents organ rejection during transplants, Tuberculosis treatment and Detecting brain tumours.
No, scorpions don’t die after they sting.
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