Why is scorpion venom so expensive? Everything you need to know.
Scorpion venom is one of the most dangerous liquids in the world. Also, scorpion venom is a liquid that can make you a lot of money. Because scorpion venom is one of the most expensive liquids in the world. But why is scorpion venom so expensive?
Which scorpion venom is most expensive?
The DeathStalker (Leinrus Quinquestriatus) is a scorpion species. It is a member of the family Buthidae. It is also known as the Palestine Yellow Scorpion, Omdurman scorpion, Naqab desert scorpion, and many other colloquial names.
The deathstalker is one of the most dangerous species of scorpions. Its venom is a powerful mixture of neurotoxins, with a low lethal dose. A sting from this scorpion is very painful. But it normally can’t kill a healthy adult human.
What makes deathstalker venom so dangerous also makes it the most expensive liquid in the world. Deathstalker venom costs $39 per gallon. Even if you have the money to buy a gallon, you can’t just go and buy. Because it can only get in tiny, minuscule amounts. A droplet of this venom that’s smaller than a grain of sugar costs $130.
What makes this venom so expensive?
The substances in this venom are very useful in medicine and it is the most important substance of much research doing all around the world.
Also, the venom is hard to get. Deathstalkers are almost always milked by hand, one by one. One scorpion produces around 2 mg of venom at a time. So if you have a deathstalker with you, you’d have to milk it 2.64 million times to fill a gallon.
And also there is a pretty good chance of getting stung along the way. Although it can’t kill a healthy human, it’ll hurt a lot.
Inside this deadly venom, there is actually a lot of useful components that helpful for pioneer breakthrough of medicine.
For example, chlorotoxin has the ability to make bonds with certain cancer cells in the brain and spinal cord. So that it is helpful to identify the specific size and location of tumors. And also this venom has been used for eliminating malaria from mosquitos.
Kaliotoxin is another substance that can be found in this scorpion venom. And it has been given to rats to fight bone disease. Scientists hope it could work for humans too. These are some of the medical benefits of scorpion venom that researchers have found.
Demand for this venom continues to grow because more scientists research this venom. The more they find new benefits. Now scientists are researching a way to get more of this scorpion venom faster and safer.
Some researchers in Morocco, already build a remote-controlled machine that can safely milk up to 4 scorpions at a time. It is four times faster than a human.
Venomtech is a company who are dealing with these scorpions. The founder of Venomtech, Steve Trim says,
“There clearly has been a surge in people thinking, ‘oh this is a get rich quick scheme’, but with people not understanding how scorpion venom is used. We have seen a rise in the number of people saying they’ve got 300 grams of scorpion venom, do we want to buy it, and the answer is, ‘No, we’ve got our own’”