The Smallest Scorpion On Earth

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Scorpions are ancient creatures—they're about 430 million years old. The largest scorpion is the emperor scorpion, which measures about 20 cm long, but the smallest, Microtityus minimus, measures a mere 10 mm. This tiny scorpion is from the southernmost foothills of the Cordillera Central Mountains in the Dominican Republic.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Microtityus minimus may be the world's smallest scorpion, measuring just 10mm fully grown. 00:36

  2. Scorpions use their venom sparingly, seeing as it is energetically costly to produce. 02:26

  3. The venom from the death stalker scorpion may be used to fight cancer. 03:13