Turns Out Scorpions Can Kill You After All!
Did you know Scorpions were around when dinosaurs were ruling the globe? And they obviously outlasted them. From a certain perspective, this makes them tougher than us being as they can survive in a variety of different climates. In fact, scorpions live on every continent except Antarctica. There are about fifteen hundred species of scorpion, and of those 1500 only a dozen are potentially lethal. But there is only one species of scorpion you definitely do not want to keep as a pet, and that scorpion has been named the Indian Red Scorpion.
This Scorpion is found in India of course, and it is considered a serious threat to public health there. This threat is due to many factors, one of which is the fact that they are no larger than a couple of inches. These scorpions are similar to us in that they do not prefer to live in dirt if they don’t have to, and show a particular liking for indoor environments and Grey’s Anatomy. Oh! Sorry, I made that Grey’s Anatomy thing up obviously. But what I am not making up is their tendency to kill people, especially children.
If a child lets a scorpion sting go untreated, there is a good chance the child will die. Luckily the critters are shy, and will only sting other living things as a last resort. Well, I suppose we cannot fault them for that…
Have you ever been stung by a scorpion? What did you do?