The Smallest Scorpion On Earth

The Smallest Scorpion On Earth

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

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    Microtityus minimus may be the world's smallest scorpion, measuring just 10mm fully grown. (0:36)

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

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

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