The Most Venomous Scorpions of the World

Welcome to the miraculous and devilish world of spooky scorpions.

Until yesterday morning, I had never seen a scorpion before. I always imagine it in my mind like a big spider and I am not aware of scorpions have tails at its back. I had known them from biology and zoology books. After seeing the black scorpion yesterday, I decided to research scorpions and how venomous they are. Here is the most venomous and spooky scorpions on the Earth.

Fattail Scorpion

It is not the most venomous and deadliest one. It is classified in Androctonus genus in taxonomy. The natural habitat of it is Africa and Middle East. The venom in its body includes powerful neurotoxins. They live in Israel, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria and Pakistan.

Emperor Scorpion

The natural habitat is Africa. It is one of the largest one in the world with 20 cm length. Its life span changes between 5 or 8 years. It lives in tropical territories. African Emperor type is the most killer one.


Gomar lives only in Venezuela’s villages. It is called as Devil by the villagers. If it beats someone, it can kill him in ten minutes. Especially children should be kept far away.


Parabutus is actually a genus name which collects many species under one category. Typical examples of Parabuthus family are Parabuthus Pallidus, Parabuthus Liosoma, Parabuthus Transvaalicus and Parabuthus Namibensis. The natural habitat of Parabuthus family is Southern Africa and especially Kenya. Their length ranges from 6 to 18 cm. Most of Parabuthus lives on sandy regions.

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66 Responses to “The Most Venomous Scorpions of the World”
  1. monkeipeg Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I’m sure you’ve heard the rumor that if you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion it’ll go crazy and sting itself to death. I don’t think it’s true though, I was looking around the internet and most people said it’s just a rumor. One person did say that the liquor might affect the scorpion’s respiratory or nervous system, possibly killing it.

  2. SofiaBush22 Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks. informative…and scary!

  3. cchiovitti Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Bugs and creepy crawlies and snakes fascinate me. I’m not squeemish about them in the least. In fact, I encourage my kids to play with things or examine them, AND respect them. BUT – I must admit that I am very happy to live in an area that has no scorpions of any sort. I really wouldn’t remember to check my shoes every morning. About the worst things I ever have to deal with are Black Widow Spiders and the possibility of Rattle Snakes (but fortunately, we have a lot of Bullsnakes around to keep the Rattlers away).

  4. Obvious Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Ok, what are you 3? Have no TV? Never seen many photographs on magazines? Drawings? T-shirts? Like for bikers and rock bands.. I could go on for hours and hours.. — And hours! w. t. f.
    How could anyone with contact with the rest of the world not know what a scorpian looks like.. Or not know it has a tail. Have you not seen many television movies? Scorpions are soooo well used as a emblems of power, fear, exotic darkside of cool. Yea.. hours.. How could anyone with any worldly contact over the age of 3 not know what a scorpion looks like?

  5. Sativa Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    the first one looks like it lifts weights

  6. Indica Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Owow I love scorpions and sicence. Did you know scorpions kill people!?!?/ Especially children ;(

  7. Bozsi Rose Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Scary…very scary.

  8. Phoenix Says...

    On October 11, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I am a scorpion as in being born on November 18th 1948.My moon is in Gemini and I feel deep within that I am more shadow twins then Scorpion but alas I am born a Scorpius.
    I have killed scorpions that decided to enter my domain.Twice in my bathroom there tails were dissected.One crawled out of the shower drain.They used to crawl under my apartment steps and enjoyed hanging out after dark on my kitchen stove.
    Many mornings they greeted me as I attempted before freaking out preparing breakfast.
    I have never been stung,my cat was and was very sick near death.
    These Scorpions were black as coal.

    I live in Key West,Florida.

  9. Wim Says...

    On October 12, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Nice of you to delete a legitimate comment, pointing at the faults of this article…

  10. C. Jordan Says...

    On October 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Interesting and scary!

  11. Emily James Says...

    On October 13, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    super cringetastic pics!

  12. thestickman Says...

    On October 13, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Scorps cannot withstand direct sunlight; the UV will kill them. They are a nighttime dweller.

    Some pet shops in the States have various scorps for sale in fish tanks. These are the non-lethals, of course. Their sting is more like a bee-sting. I saw the owner of the pet-shop handling one, -it was crawling on his hands/arms.

    Some mammals like hedgehogs can eat scorps without harm, -the toxin does not affect them. But the scorps in the pet-shop that I saw were about $20.oo each, a little bit of a expensive treat for a hedgie. I’d just stick to a few crickets, mealies, etc…

    What flower is it, -lavender maybe(??) that is you grow lavender around your windows and leave lavender flowers on the windowsill itself, it repels scorpions. They do not like the odor, and move away from it..

    Nice article.

  13. The delt Says...

    On October 14, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I think that you should seek medical attention, because it sounds like you are having a stroke while writing this article. Either that or you are mentally retarded and somehow escaped from the short bus.

    Some of the pictures were cool; but the complete lack of detail around the toxins in each scorpion (or even a picture for the Emperor Scorpion).. Wow.. I haven’t read something this piss poor since I was in grade school. I want my 5 minutes back please.

  14. Enchilada Says...

    On October 27, 2008 at 11:06 am

    You saw your first scorpion a day ago and now you feel that you’re qualified to post articles on them? These aren’t the most deadly scorpions. Emperors are not deadly at all and can only cause pain when stung by them. And what of the African Death Stalker? That’s only the beginning. Poor article written by a novice.

  15. Brett Says...

    On October 27, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    cool i love scorpians im doing a research project on one!!

  16. Michael Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I would hope for those of you trying to gain knowledge on scorpions that you would take nothing from this article. I have owned several species of scorpions over the last 10 years, and I have to say this information is 95% incorrect. The African Emperor scorpion is the largest and least deadly of the scorpion family. The sting is about as deadly as a bee sting, but I can assure you it hurts worse than that of a bee, excluding a hornet sting. The general rule of thumb for scorpions is the larger the pinchers the less venomous the sting (not in all cases) the reason behind this is scorpions with a highly toxic venom does not need a stong grip to catch it’s prey as the venom does the work for the scorpion and vice versa. I just wanted to make one minor correction to the article and not give an all out class on scorpions, but I suggest if you want to learn more on these creatures you check another site.

  17. axslinger Says...

    On November 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    i saw the scorpions in concert once, they didnt have tails

  18. Adam Says...

    On November 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Your writing is terrible. Almost unreadable.

  19. djohn Says...

    On November 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    correct me if im wrong but aint the death stalkers the most toxic?
    and the aussie ones the most dangerous?

  20. Arachnoholic Says...

    On November 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Please do your homework before posting articles online, someone might accidentally believe what you wrote.
    Or, better yet, leave the article writing to people who know what the Hell they’re on about!

  21. "God" is Imaginary Says...

    On December 5, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I was trying to think of something funny to write, but the crack about the Scorpions rock band left me with nothing except maybe a weak Mortal Kombat joke, so instead, let me say this.

    In defense of the writer, clearly English is not his first language. Before you go flaming him for his article (which, indeed, was hard to read) think about how well you would honestly do (not in your imaginary internet world where you lie and say you can speak 14 languages, etc) trying to write a scientific article in a foreign language.

    Scorpions are arachnia, so his image of them as spider-like is not entirely off base.

    Also, while the sentence is awkwardly written, he does say that the Fattail is NOT the deadliest nor most venomous one.

    To the guy who said UV rays kill scorpions, that’s entire incorrect. The fact is, scorpions are, themselves, fluorescent. The reason sunlight is harmful to scorpions is that they are cold-blooded.

  22. cobra Says...

    On December 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Do they not teach grammar in school anymore?

  23. cmac09 Says...

    On December 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    emporor is the most best on son it is sick with it

  24. cmac0 Says...

    On December 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    i love scorpions

  25. Aniruddh Says...

    On January 1, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Those are very dangerous but beautiful creations of the GOD. Please try to save every endangered spicies of our lovable dear WORLD. Stop POLLUTION and stop HUNTING animals.

  26. Chris Says...

    On January 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    The title of this article is “The most venomous scorpions of the world”, but none of them are! The fat-tail is the only one that is anywhere close.. nice pics tho.

  27. Abyss Says...

    On January 15, 2009 at 12:20 am

    This article is wrong all wrong. Androctonus species are definatly some of the most venomous but the leirus genus isn’t even here and those are the most dangerous on the planet. Considering emperor scorpion are the most common scorpion in the pet trade known for their mild venom and big size, it shouldn’t even be up on the list. As for parabuthus, it is a member of the buthid family and therefore considered “hot” but most aren’t anywhere near as dangerous as some other buthids out there.

  28. Fornis Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:43 am

    It seems most of the venomous scorpions are present in Africa or Middle Eastern countries.

    Scorpions are always scary. But they are used as symbols in many movies.

  29. f u Says...

    On March 4, 2009 at 1:27 am

    emperor scorpions are the least venemous of all scorpions! Thats why they have big claws to make up for their crappy stinger. I have two as pets and handle them all the time! Their sting is just like getting stung by a bee only slightly more painful. If your allergic to bees dont go near them. If your not then its fine, itll hurt for a few minutes and then thats it!

  30. nutuba Says...

    On March 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Yikes! Now this stuff scares me! Informative and entertaining article. Nicely done!

  31. Juancav Says...

    On March 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Ugly bugs and also dangerous.

  32. lindalulu Says...

    On March 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I do not like creepy things period! But great article.

  33. dylan Says...

    On March 10, 2009 at 11:36 am

    im doin a project for creepy critter and these pictures will get me an A+

  34. stewie Says...

    On April 4, 2009 at 6:42 am

    yo, i reckon scorp[ionz r 1 of tha most interestn crittaz on this planet call me crazy but id own 1 as a pet if i culd ther primo probrly helpz when ur starsign is scoripian, but stil ther choyce little thngz, shame ther venom can kill

  35. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On June 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Entertaining piece

  36. xoxo Says...

    On June 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

    We owned a scorpion once. Its pretty small. About five inches in length. My husband fed it with small mice. Anyway, nice article. Some really interesting facts.

  37. Kyle Says...

    On June 18, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I’m afraid your facts are incorrect…especially regarding the Emperor Scorpion’s “deadly” nature. Please do some more research.

  38. Marc Says...

    On July 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Please check your grammar before you publish.

    “It is not the most venomous and deadliest one”. Which is it?

    “If it beats someone, it can kill him in ten minutes”. Bites? “someone . . . him”? Arg!

    PS: If English is not your first language, I apologize.

  39. rd_07 Says...

    On August 1, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    nice photos but article is ALMOST nonsense
    “African Emperor type is the most killer one.” – this is one of the few that i always hear from a mr.know it all airhead people

  40. Justin Says...

    On August 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    An article written by a moron. Doesn’t matter about grammar the whole fact that your information is wrong. Fattail and Death Stalker are basically the 2 most venomous because of their powerful neurotoxins. I rather walk through 10 aggressive emperor scorpions than a fattail and death stalker.

  41. Felix Says...

    On August 19, 2009 at 6:22 am

    hey mr. trash talker, emperor scorpions are as venomous as bees or wasps and whatever a gormar is, google dosnt really know anything about it, there is for sure no scorpion that can kill in 10mins lol. better make next time some serious research…

  42. nimra Says...

    On October 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    very nice pics but article is nonsense.please give us some more information about scorpios.

  43. mbu Says...

    On October 7, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Hold your fire guys. Give him a break. Lets see you post any infomation on anything.

  44. delibo Says...

    On October 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Scorpions are becoming a popular choice for pets, in particular the emperor scorpion. They are relatively easy to care for, can grow up to six inches long, and have a lifespan of about six to eight years.

    The invertebrate animal is not especially dangerous in comparison with other scorpion species. Their sting can be likened to a bee sting and not usually requiring medical attention. However, like bee stings, there are people who may be allergic to the venom. The emperor scorpion may also pinch owners. Handling of pet scorpions is not recommended, due to these reasons, but also because it can cause stress to the pet. Forceps with foam are recommended for picking up the scorpion when necessary.

    Emperor scorpions require very specific housing specifications. Proper heat and humidity are key. A glass aquarium tank makes the best housing with a tight secure lid. A ten gallon tank is perfect for one emperor scorpion. They can be kept in groups, though a large tank is necessary if housing more than one. They also require hiding spots, which can be created out of pottery, bark or other decorative (animal-safe) objects.

  45. SamanthaRae Says...

    On October 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    You obviously don’t know anything about scorpions! African Emperor scorpions are the LEAST of your worries. Your not a reputable source, so how dare you mislead information?
    A lot of Zoo’s carry them and give you better information, Don’t listen to this hogwash!

  46. SamanthaRae Says...

    On October 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    When it comes to Emperor scorpions, they can only be kept in groups if they are from the same litter. Emperors are quite vicious to other scorpions as well. As far as being venemous is concerned though, your half right. Emperors scorpions have very little venemosity and can be compared to a bee sting (like Delibo says) To be sure of how deadly the venom is, check the tail and pinchers. The fatter the tail the more
    venom they generally have. you want BIG pinchers as opposed to be tails You said in your article that you only found out yesterday they can kill people? that means you haven’t had enough time to thoroughly get correct information. Personally i have gone to Reptile zoo’s and have talked to people that have owned them before, and understand them for my information. I suggest you do the same. Happy searching

  47. shanker Says...

    On November 10, 2009 at 6:09 am

    boring i no even more

  48. Pedy Says...

    On April 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    What?!? emperor scorps are one of the deadliest??? for insect maybe but for us i dont thinks so , emperor scorps stings is just as toxic as a bee sting … and they are docile too

  49. Reaper666oz Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Scorpions do make good \”visual\” pets. I\’ve own hundreds myself. Emperor, Black Fattail, Texas Hairy, and Brown Desert (Wyoming).
    I have handled all but the Fattail. I\’ve been stung a few times. If you know little about scorpions – I suggest you NOT handle them. Just watch and learn. If you are lucky enough to witness scorpion birth, there are things that need to be done for them to survive.

  50. ciruz s. soriso Says...

    On May 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    are you kidding me the death stalker is not listed the most killer one if you stinged you should good bye to your love ones

  51. Tugboat Says...

    On September 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Some of the worst grammar I have ever read. I am left with more questions than anything. My emperor scorpion ($40 at local pet store) was pretty cool, but boring.

  52. spiderman Says...

    On November 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    scorps are pretty amazing arachnids but the info in this article is 99% wrong… if you have any doubts about handleing them dont… they are like aquarium fish just observe them and for people who think they are cool check out the giant vietnamese centipedes.

  53. Dinosaur Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Thats what she said Zachs looking at his crotch becuase he says he watching the incrdible hulk. he told all of us to “Come” (cum) together

  54. Lilly Says...

    On February 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love spiders but not scorpions they look brutal.

  55. WTF Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    wow i just have to say u know very little of scorpions, especialy not enough to right an artical about the MOST DEADLY SCORPIONS OF THE WORLD learn befor you type you didnt even mention the african death stalker and the emporer isnt deadly at all!get info befor you type!!!!!

  56. scorpion killer Says...

    On March 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    the achohal thing is true i just did it

  57. Syed Zahid Ahmed Says...

    On March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Scorpions are always a scary thing and I always check my shoes before I wear . people should not panic if bitten by a scorpion and immediate medical attention should be seeken

  58. rajat Says...

    On April 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    khanki magi

  59. jerry Says...

    On August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    well i dont know which ones are the deadliest but i can asure you one thing i been stinged by some before and it hurts like a motha!@#$. i started vomiting, my eyes rolled back , i started shaking, i became dizzy and i had to be taken to the hospital for some shots. it was at night and stuped of me i didnt check my bed, so when i layed down i was stinged on my back two times and when i tried gettin it of me i was stung on myfinger one more time. now as far as the alcohol thing, well i know my grandparents used to catch them and put them in rubbing alcohol. why? so that the escorpion releases its venom and into the alcohol por muscle pain. whether that works or not i have no idea but thats the story.

  60. scorp's rule Says...

    On August 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    scorpions are really cool, i once had a scorpion it gave me lots of stings but i never cared if i got stung id just say a then play xbox 360 he was my best friend and pretty much the only friend i had

  61. scorp\'s rule Says...

    On August 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    scorpions are really cool, i once had a scorpion it gave me lots of stings but i never cared if i got stung id just say a then play xbox 360 he was my best friend and pretty much the only friend i had

  62. Oz Says...

    On October 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    this information is not based on internet watch and emperor scorpion is yet venomous not deadly at all, more likely to cause an anaphilactic reaction thought. but nice try

  63. Frank Schaeffer Says...

    On January 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    haha! the emperor scorpion aint deadly (unless it you have an alergic reaction.) its actually a beginner scorpion for pet owners! the fat tailed, parabuthus and, death stalker are! where ever or whomever told you that need to get there facts straight.

  64. Frank Schaeffer Says...

    On January 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    haha! the emperor scorpion aint deadly (unless if you have an alergic reaction.) its actually a beginner scorpion for pet owners. the fat tailed, parabuthus and, death stalkers are. where ever or whomever you got that information from needs to get there facts straight.

  65. batman Says...

    On April 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    wtf cant spell and get more facts

  66. lilwolf Says...

    On May 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    i think 50% of people here have just googled info then came back to critisize the writer of this article i own 2scorpions now there in a 2 foot fish tank there only black rock though but i want to get a flinders range (yellow one) scorpions are awesome i brought my 2 from the pet shop in newcastle nsw australia

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