Scorpions has since the earliest civilisation capture both the fascination and fear of man. Ancient mythology surrounds this creature which has existed since the Silurian period some 420-450 million years ago. It's reputation as a symbol of evil seems to stem from the disproportionate fear of their venomous sting. Of the about 1200 identified species of scorpions, only 20-35 species are potentially dangerous. Out of these so called 'dangerous' scorpions, generally less than 2% of their stings are lethal on adults. (Habermehl, 1981)
It is not the intention of this page to downplay potential danger of scorpion or to act as a definitive source for information on scorpions.
Much of scorpion's knowledge is mixed with hearsay and exaggeration such that a definite objective conclusion is difficult to arrive at. As an amateur and a scorpion enthusiast, I am, unconsciously or otherwise, equally guilty of the above. If you find any error, please inform me to help separate truth from myth.
The information here are obtained and interpreted from my personal experience with scorpions, friends, books and numerous internet sites. As many of the pictures and information are intellectual property of another, I may have inadvertently infringe on the copyright of the source. Any institution or person who find their pictures or information unwittingly on my page can inform me and I will withdraw or acknowledge their contributions as desired.
Though the information is correct to the best of my ability, there may be still errors.
I do not bear any responsibility for tangible or intangible damage/death which may arise from the use of the material in this web page.