Last updated on January 11, 2021
Scorpions is one of the deadliest animal in the world with Its tail full of powerful venom. A scorpion’s sting is extremely painful and also causes paralysis, an inability to move or feel part of the body. The scorpion uses this venom to hunt insects such as crickets, which are its main food source.
Scorpion is not only a dangerous animal, it can also make you quite a bit of money as its venom is the most expensive liquid in the world at $39 million per gallon equivalent to ₦15.6 billion in Nigeria currency . The reason why is very expensive is because the venom of scorpion is difficult to get as you will have to milk one scorpion 2.64 million times by hand to fill a gallon.
What is scorpion venom used for? The element contained in scorpion venom is not only used to meet its threats. As researchers have found the medical benefit of scorpion venom. That’s because inside that deadly venom, there’s actually tons of useful components that are helping pioneer breakthrough in medicines.
For example, chlorotoxin has the ability to bind certain cancer cells in the brain and spinal cord, which helps to identify the specific size and location of the tumor to prevents them from growing.
Scorpion venom is used to eliminate malaria in mosquitoes.
The protein found in scorpion venom, however, can be used to treat pain in humans who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Kaliotoxin has been given to rats to fight bone disease. Scientists hope it could work in humans too.
All this is what makes scorpion venom extremely popular; and pricy. Which means demand for this miracle venom will continues to grow.
“Faster and safer?”, you’re probably thinking, “Hmmm, maybe I should start my own scorpion farm.”
Well, get in line, wise guy. Just know you would have to milk your pet almost 3 million times to fill a gallon, and probably get stung along the way.