The venom produced by the deathstalker scorpion is the most expensive liquid in the world, costing up to $39 million per gallon.
However, even finding some to buy can be a big challenge.
The deathstalker scorpion is known to be one of the most lethal creatures of its kind. And although its sting is not usually lethal for a healthy adult, it can kill children and older people, and is known to be around 100 times more painful than the sting of a bee. Experts say the pain experienced from the sting of a deathstalker can be excruciating, to say the least. And in order to get your hands on its special venom, you would have to milk it by hand, as automated solutions have not been developed yet.
But what makes this venom so expensive apart from being highly toxic?
One of its components, namely the peptide chlorotoxin, has demonstrated a high potential for treating brain tumors in humans, while other components can be used as insulin regulators and can even treat diabetes. It is seen as a priceless liquid in the medical field, and laboratories seem to be willing to pay incredible amounts of cash for it.
Deathstalker scorpion venom is not only the world's most expensive venom, but also the most expensive liquid, commanding prices of up to $39 million per gallonhttps://t.co/aUk8algHKi pic.twitter.com/gUkcj4gS22
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In addition, the scarcity of the precious venom largely contributes to the overblown price, and one fully-grown deathstalker can only give up to 2mg of venom at a time.
Also, as scorpions are normally being milked manually, and it takes 2 to 3 weeks for a scorpion to reproduce its load of venom, collecting a gallon of it can be an extreme challenge.
If you wish to find out more about the deathstalker scorpion venom, please see the video below.
The deathstalker is one of the most dangerous scorpions on the planet
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