The most common kinds of scorpions are desert scorpions. These are widespread in arid areas around the globe. Most are venomous, establishing them as one of the most feared creatures in the animal kingdom.
One species of the desert scorpions is the Leiurus quinquestriatus scorpion that can be found in North Africa and the Middle East. It is known as the “death stalker” or “yellow scorpion,” due to its yellow color. This kind produces very potent venom.
The venom of the death stalker scorpion produces a number of severe symptoms. These are fever, coma, convulsion, increased heart rate, high blood pressure and increased fluid secretion into the lungs and bronchioles. Another symptom that is caused by this scorpion is death.
Another desert scorpion that dwells in North America is the giant desert hairy scorpion. It can grow to lengths of 14 cm, and is a brown color with yellowish pincers and legs. Its name was derived from the brown hairs that cover the whole body. This scorpion also has a long tail that is tipped with a bulb-like poison gland and stinger. An interesting fact is that the hairs are used to detect ground and air vibrations. Through the vibration, the scorpion can determine the direction of its prey.
This scorpion also possesses venom, like any other scorpion. Although some people keep the hairy scorpion as a pet, it is also known for its aggressive nature and will use its sting frequently. Its sting is painful, but the venom is not as dangerous as the venom of other desert scorpion species. The sting is mild and has little effect on most humans.
One thing you should remember: if you are stung by either of these scorpions, it doesn’t matter how dangerous or mild the sting is. You should always seek medical attention immediately afterwards, or as soon as you can.