Man buys ‘world’s most dangerous scorpion’ as pet – you only touch it with tongs

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A man has bought himself one of the most dangerous scorpions – and it's only the size of an eraser.

Ben, who lives in Los Angeles, US, spent $50 (£36) on an aptly-named deathstalker scorpion.

The creature developed its reputation because of its venom, which has been described as "extraordinarily painful" and can kill children and the vulnerable.

But the exotic pet owner clearly was not too fazed by its dangers when he introduced his new buddy in a TikTok video.

He said: "This is the deathstalker scorpion, which is one of the most venous scorpions on the planet. You have to use tongs when going near them because you do not wanna get in the way of that sting.

"She was not happy, but luckily as you can see, scorpions, most species, cannot climb smooth surfaces such as glass or plastic, so this is perfect for the micro-habitat I'm gonna put her in."

Ben, who also owns a tree frog, tarantulas and other bugs, warned people not to buy deathstalkers if they don't have experience owning other scorpions.

"Anybody who's been envenomated is prone to anaphylaxis," he continued. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

"But it's been shown that with this scorpion almost 97% percent of people get it [anaphylaxis], also, if you live in the US, none of the anti-venoms for this scorpion are approved by the FDA, so you cannot find it," Ben added.

The deathstalker scorpion venom can cause heart issues and in the worst case scenarios it causes pulmonary edema, which is fluid buildup in the lungs and can result in death, according to research.

But Ben said it could be treatable, but with twice the amount of anti-venom treatment than any other scorpion.

"Apparently it feels like being shot by a bullet followed by extreme nausea, dizziness, diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle spasms, pancreatitis, heart and neurological issues as well," he added.

"On the bright side, though, their venom has properties that scientists are using to treat brain tumours and diabetes as well."

He made the scorpion a new home with sands, rocks and some twigs and said he "hasn't seen her in three months" since she "dug up" the micro-habitat.

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