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The tail, venom bulb and stinger of a Brazilian yellow scorpion (tityus serrulatus)

The tityus serrulatus scorpion is native to Brazil (thank you captain obvious) and is considered the most dangerous scorpion in all of South America, due to the fact that they are implicated in more fatal encounters than any other venomous creature on the continent.

The have no problem living right along side people, in fact most of the human stings these predatory arachnids dish out occur inside or near homes.

They may be small (their maximum size is 7cm – 2.7inches) but they carry a potent weapon.

The venom they inject is an excitatory neurotoxin that attacks the autonomic nervous sytem which causes an immense variety of symptoms including pancreatitis, tachycardia, hyperthermia, hypersalivation, priapism and hyperglycemia.

If death occurs, it usually results from pulmonary edema and cardiorespiratory failure.

But the existence of these little pinchy jerks has a positive side: Studies focusing on the yellow scorpion’s venom have contributed significantly to the development of biomedical research, specifically cancer research.

Unraveling the complex composition of this neurotoxic cocktail may one day open the door to new and effective cancer treatments and save countless lives.



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