Top 10 Deadliest Scorpions in the World

Indian Red Scorpion

Belonging to the family of arachnids and the order of Scorpiones, Scorpions are easily one of the deadliest eight-legged animals on our planet. With a signature pair of grasping pedipalps and a tail that is often narrow and segmented, scorpions are impossible to miss when you see them. Spotting a tiny look, a scorpion’s sting is considered to be very fatal. This deadly and venomous animal is said to have existed and lived on earth for over 400 million years.

Ranging in size, some scorpions are as small as three inches while others can grow up to nine inches. Scorpions are not insects. They are regarded as animals due to their number of legs and body segments. Scorpions have two body segments and eight legs while insects have six legs and three body segments.

Are Scorpions Deadly?

Virtually every type of scorpion is venomous but only a small percentage of them have enough venom to threaten a healthy adult – roughly 25 species. A better question might be “how deadly are scorpions?”. Most scorpions don’t possess enough potent venom to deliver a fatal sting to humans. For most but not all, their venom is just strong enough to kill insects and small birds. To put things into perspective, in the United States there is only one type of scorpion considered “lethal” (#7 on this list) and antivenin is widely available in the regions it inhabits. To answer the question. Yes, some scorpion are deadly but most are not. If you’re stung by a scorpion, however, you should seek immediate medical attention. Read below for more information about these deadly creatures!

10. Spitting Thick Tail Black Scorpion

Spitting Thick Tail Black Scorpion
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The tenth scorpion on this list is a native to the jungles of South Africa and they happen to be one of the largest species of scorpions as they can grow as long as six inches in length. This scorpion is considered to be very deadly and largely due to its spitting thick tail which is its main weapon of assault. The spitting thick tail has the ability to spit venom over a distance of 1 meters.

9. Yellow Fattail

Yellow Fat Tail Scorpion
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Belonging to the group Androctonusaustralis and home to the thick forests in North Africa and Southeast Asia, the Yellow Fattail is considered to have a sting that can spell disaster for any unfortunate victim. Their venom is housed inside their tails.

Contact with humans has been on the rise recently, as there has been a rise in victims to the venom of the Yellow Fattail scorpion which has the ability to cripple the entire central nervous system and subsequently cause paralysis.

8. Emperor Scorpion

Emperor Scorpion
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The Emperor Scorpion is considered to be very deadly. The Emperor scorpion has its roots in Africa and they reside in the jungles of the sub-Saharan continent. The Emperor scorpion is thought to live longer on average than every other species and while their venom may not be as fatal as other types of scorpions, it causes an awful amount of pain.

7. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Arizona Bark Scorpion
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The Arizona Bark Scorpion is a member of the group Centruoidesexilicauda. They are thought to be the deadliest species of scorpion in the whole of North America and like the name indicates, they are predominantly found in the Arizona deserts. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the deadliest scorpion in the US.

The sting of an Arizona Bark Scorpion can feel like an electric shock and they can cause a whole host of health issues including vomiting, body pain, diarrhea and can even be fatal.

6. Arabian Fat Tailed Scorpion

Arabian Fat Tailed Scorpion
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Coming in at number six is a scorpion that is native to the middle east. The Arabian Fattailed scorpion is often found in Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. At only three inches long, they are considered to be average-sized for a typical scorpion. The Arabian Fattailed scorpion is said to be aggressive and is always relishing an attack. Their diet is primarily made up of small rodents, lizards and spiders and their venom are said to be very fatal.

5. Tanzanian Red Claw

Tanzanian Red Claw Scorpion
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A member of the Pandinuscavimanus family, the Tanzanian Red Claw claims the fifth spot on the list and it is said to be as deadly as they come. Mimicking the sting of a bee, its sting is said to be 5x more powerful and spreads through the body fast.

Owing to the allergic nature of its venom, Children are majorly at risk of the stings of this scorpion as they have a weaker immune system and can easily suppress their body system into submission.

4. Brazilian Yellow Scorpion

Brazilian Yellow Scorpion
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Native to the samba country of Brazil, the Brazilian Yellow scorpion has a sting that kills. Although also found in other South American countries, the Brazilian Yellow Tail is said to be the deadliest scorpion in South America. In addition to being extremely painful, their venom is also thought to be very deadly.

Nausea and a faster heart rate are the smallest of side effects that occur after a sting from this scorpion, but as the venom spreads, the effect can become much more severe and the entire central nervous system can shut down and cause death.

3. Gomar Scorpion

Gomar Scorpion
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Coming in at number three on our list is the scorpion called Gomar. With a length of around 4 to 5 inches, Gomars are usually spotting a very dark look. Gomars feature a heavy exoskeleton which contributes to their overall weight and makes them somewhat heavier than they typical scorpion.
The sting from this scorpion is so deadly that within ten minutes an adult male could die from its venom. They usually dwell in both tropical and rainforests.

2. Deathstalker Scorpion

Deathstalker Scorpion
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Missing out on first place is the Deathstalker scorpion which belongs to the family Leirusquinquestriatus. With a length of only around 2.5 inches, the Deathstalker can easily be overlooked for a weaker species of a scorpion. However, they are the second deadliest and their sting can kill in as quick as five minutes. In the slight chance that a victim survives the venomous bite of a Deathstalker, chances are that their body will continuously battle with allergies and infections.

1. Indian Red Scorpion

Indian Red Scorpion
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The Indian Red scorpion is the deadliest scorpion on earth and its reddish look already spells danger at first glance. The scorpion is native to India and is predominantly found in other regions like Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Measuring around 4 inches, its sting can cause a quick and agonizing death.

A sting from the Indian Red Scorpion can cause pain, vomiting, convulsions, collapse of the lungs and heart attack – all these can happen in only minutes after a venomous sting.