Deathstalker Scorpion Facts

Deathstalker, Negev desert, Israel by Ester Inbar, available from

Deathstalker Scorpion Facts!

Deathstalker, Negev desert, Israel by Ester Inbar, available from

The deathstalker scorpion is found in the dry desert and scrubland areas of northern Africa and the Middle East, making its home under stones and in natural borrows. It grows 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 centimeters) long and is a yellow-green color, and where the limbs of other scorpion species are thick and stalky, the limbs of the deathstalker scorpion are thin and lanky.

Deathstalker by Alastair Rae cc2.0

The deathstalker can be very aggressive, and its venom is one of the most toxic of any scorpion. Scorpions use their pincers to capture their prey. Those that have strong, powerful pincers have little use for toxins, but those that don’t are armed instead with very powerful venom. The pincers of the deathstalker scorpion may look large, but they’re rather weak, so it has to sting its prey quickly and effectively. The sting from a deathstalker scorpion is extremely painful, but is rarely fatal. People with allergies or heart problems, though, have a higher risk of death.

Deathstalker Scorpions are also mentioned in:
Top 11 Most Dangerous Desert Animals!

Deathstalker Scorpions are featured in the following books:
25 Desert Animals
25 Poisonous Animals
101 Facts… Desert Animals

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Deathstalker Scorpions. Details of the video featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  • Leiurus quinquestriatus (Deathstalker Scorpion) by Anubis77
  • URBAN TARZAN – Deathstalker Scorpion by Asylum Entertainment
  • Scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus – DeathStalker (close-up 17x) by Alan Twardosz-Suder
  • Deadly Dozen DEADLY DOZEN: AFRICA by National Geographic Creative



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