“With over 160 species of scorpion, South Africa is truly a cool place to live! I know that many people would not agree with me but let me share a few secrets with you that may change your mind.
Out of all our scorpions, only 3 have even caused human fatalities. On average 8 to 12 people die from scorpion stings annually. Their strong neurotoxic venom affects the nervous system and causes heart palpitations, respiratory problems and slurred speech, intense pain and hyper sensitivity. We also have the world least venomous scorpion and coincidently the world longest. These giants attain lengths of over 21cm but their venom causes no more than a pin prick. South Africa’s good medical facilities ensure effective and prompt medical attention. Antivenom is available at most major centers especially where highly venomous scorpion abound.
Not only found in deserts and arid environments, they can be found in just about every terrestrial habitat in southern Africa. These amazing creatures can be found sheltering under rocks, logs, they make burrows and even live in trees. Their secretive nature and behaviour means that you probably do not know that there are scorpions around you, but they are there.