What would it take for you to step into a house full of thousands of scorpions?
It is unclear where the video came from or where it was recorded. The house was described as ‘abandoned’, at least in terms of people living there.
Due to the reported Portuguese accent in the shot, some assumed that the video was shot in Brazil and that the species of scorpion is Tityus serrulatus, which is native to Brazil.
“They are parthenogenic, meaning they can give birth without mating, so that will explain their numbers,” a Redditor explained.
“I’m from Brazil, the same country in the video,” said another user. “We do have a problem with the occasional scorpion crawling out of the sewer like a cockroach. We also have a saying, ‘It’s good that God doesn’t give the snake wings.'”
A Redditor suggested using ultraviolet light to make the scorpions glow. Most of the others wanted absolutely nothing to do with them, and one said the scene is “the stuff of nightmares.”
Scorpions are part of the class Arachnida, according to National Geographic, and are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks. Although they are routinely thought to live in deserts, they also live in British Columbia, North Carolina, the Himalayas, and in Brazil, as previously mentioned.
Redditors wondered how the countless number of scorpions survived in the dwelling without food sources, as they mostly eat insects. But as National Geographic described, their diets vary, helping the species in “rough places.”
That includes “an astonishing ability to slow metabolism to just a third of the typical rate for arthropods.”
There are about 2000 species of scorpions, although only 30 to 40 of them have venom strong enough to kill humans.
The Mayo Clinic says that young children and the elderly are most susceptible to the effects of scorpion venom, and that “deaths from these stings pose a significant public health problem in areas where access to medical care is limited.”
The bark scorpion, which lives in the desert in the southwestern United States, is described as the only such domesticated species “with venom powerful enough to cause severe symptoms.”
According to Arizona State University, the deathstalker scorpion is described as one of the world’s deadliest scorpions because of a tail full of venom — so painful, in fact, that it causes paralysis. But rather than attacking humans, the species is most likely to use venom against its main food source, crickets.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) explains that while neurotoxins are the major components of scorpion venom, “a wide variety of other bioactive molecules” are found in venom. Studies on scorpion venom have shown that not only are better treatments being developed to prevent the effects of human stings, but also that the venom can be used for more therapeutic causes.
“Scorpion venom may not only be a medical threat to human health, but may also prove to be a valuable source of bioactive molecules that could guide the development of new therapies against current and emerging diseases,” the NCBI said.
And poison isn’t cheap either. Insider reported that the aforementioned deathstalker scorpion’s venom costs about $39 million per gallon on the open market, mainly because scorpions tend to produce very small amounts of venom at once.
In March, researchers from San Diego State University in California shared a video shows a western striped gecko ferociously taking down a scorpion in slow motion, probably to immobilize the arthropod.
In 2021, Chinese researchers discovered the fossilized remains of a sea scorpion that grew over 3 feet in length and used a spine arrangement to successfully capture prey.
That discovery came about a year after researchers in Australia warned of: scorpions take over dens through the whole country.