Desert Scorpion

Ready to strike, this desert scorpion drawing dates back to 1881. I found him being used in the Arthropoda entry from the 1910 Encyclopedia Britannica. Desert scorpion is a bit of a generalization as many of these creatures favor the warm climates often associated with deserts. This desert scorpion drawing is identified as a Buthusaustralis which I suspect is actually what we identify as Buthus Australis or a fat tailed scorpion.

While I haven’t found details, it would appear that the venom of the Buthus australis has been used in homeopathic medicine. One homeopathic website was even selling live scorpions. I think I’ll stick to desert scorpion drawings, for now anyway.


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