These pages are designed to give you an understanding of the seriousness of a scorpion envenomation, or to gauge what they symptoms may be if stung by a scorpion. Estimating a scorpions venomosity can easily be done by examining the appearance of the animal. However, to get a more accurate understanding of venomosity, the scorpion must be identified to species level. Scorpion identification is still a bit of an art, however, with practice and knowledge you will soon become proficient.
The following pages can be used to determine the venomosity of a scorpion according to the following scale:
- Weakly Venomous – Symptom range from an itch to slight localised pain for a few minutes. Many scorpions are weakly venomous.
- Mildly Venomous – Symptoms can be likened to a bee or wasp sting. Not medically important, but an experience none the less.
- Highly Venomous – Symptoms range from intense localised pain to life threatening. Note that scorpions with venom powerful enough to induce life threatening symptoms are in the upper levels of this group. Highly venomous does not mean you need to be rush to hospital (we will get to that later).
If you or someone else has been stung by a scorpion and you are not sure if the scorpion is highly venomous, nor what first aid measures to take. Use this webpage to determine the severity of a scorpion sting, and what to do about it.
There are an estimated 1500 species of scorpions in Earth with only a few species responsible for deaths in humans. However, being stung by a scorpion is often a painful experience, raising the question of “What to do next?”
Please note that if you are in doubt whatsoever about the seriousness of a scorpion sting, then get professional medical help immediately.