Why Scorpion Venom Is So Expensive | So Expensive


– [Narrator] The deathstalker
is on the most dangerous scorpions on the planet, and
what makes it so dangerous also happens to be the most
expensive liquid in the world. Yeah, you read that right, this stuff costs $39 million per gallon. Now, even if you had the money, you couldn’t just go and
buy a gallon of the stuff, because you can only get it
in tiny, minuscule amounts. $130 will get you a droplet that’s smaller than a grain of sugar. The reason why is pretty simple. The stuff is hard to get. Scorpions are almost always
milked by hand, one by one. And one scorpion produces, at the most, just two milligrams of venom at a time. So, let’s do the math. If you owned one scorpion
and milked it every two days, it would take you 10,371
years to fill up that gallon. And let’s face it, you’d probably get stung along the way as well. One sting isn’t enough
to kill a healthy human, but I think it hurts. – I’d easily put it being a hundred times more painful than a bee sting, but because pain is a subjective
and emotional experience, it’s difficult to really get
a quantification on that. But it’s definitely gonna ruin your day. – [Narrator] That’s
Venomtech founder Steve Trim, one of the few people brave enough to deal with these animals. That’s because inside that deadly venom, there’s actually tons of useful components that are helping pioneer
breakthrough medicines. Chlorotoxins, for example,
are the perfect size to bind with certain cancer
cells in the brain and spine, which is helpful for
identifying the specific size and location of tumors. And researchers have used scorpine to eliminate malaria in mosquitoes. Kaliotoxin has been given to
rats to fight bone disease. Scientists hope it could
work in humans too. These are just a few
of the medical benefits that researchers have
found in scorpion venom. And the more they research
it, the more uses they find. Which means demand for this
miracle venom continues to grow. So scientists are now trying to figure out ways to get more of it faster. Like this group out of
Morocco, who invented the first remote control machine
for milking scorpions. It can safely milk up to
four scorpions at a time. It might not sound like much, but it’s four times faster than a human. Scientists hope to get on the
market within a few years, making the whole process faster and safer. “Faster and safer?”,
you’re probably thinking. “Hmmm, maybe I should start
my own scorpion farm.” Well, get in line, wise guy. – There clearly has been a
surge in people thinking, “Oh, this is a get rich quick scheme.” But with people not understanding how scorpion venom is used. We have seen a rise in
the number of people saying they’ve got 300
grams of scorpion venom, do we want to buy it? And the answer is “No, we’ve got our own”. (light orchestral music)

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100 thoughts on “Why Scorpion Venom Is So Expensive | So Expensive

  1. I knew I was an expensive woman. No wonder people love me so. I'm worth millions$ WOW. Milking 🦂 scorpions,, now THIS.

  2. Welp I've found my calling…I'm about to become The Deathstalker Scorpion Whisperer y'all 🤠🦂😉🤣

  3. Then why don’t you have robots automatically squeeze millions at a time in a giant factory and then have each scorpion let free after one squirt so they can be back in nature or whatever, and then later reuse them or switch the scorpions every hour

  4. Looks like ima start milkn some scorpions il milk 1 10million times for that much money idc thats not lot

  5. Why not genetically modify an animal to produce this type of scorpions venom and use the venom for all the things its being to use to help the medical field?

  6. Wow, how often could i milk it? Well it makes sense only 2.64 mil milking for a gallon, 39mill in rewards im running to petco rn..

  7. I got stung by a scorpion as a kid and my parent didnt took me to the hospital -_- It didn't affect tho =)

  8. Damn, I killed a couple of deez Critters and could of took them to my house and get them milked for a living lol

  9. these little shits are everywhere in Arizona especially in my fukin house. please take these assholes. my gran gran got stung and vomited everywhere

  10. 2 grams is enough to destroy us. I see the danger. They'll take over us. Cats vs scorpions who will win, to take over the world??

  11. Snake venom can also produce venom with health benifits. King cobra venom is also extremely expensive.

  12. Lets do the math
    Since we need to milk it 2.64 million for a gallon,
    For ever time you milk your scorpion, you’ll get $15,
    I say that’s pretty worth it to me.

  13. Yo the indians been right since the beginning, smoke weed,dont litter and drink scorpion venom to cure your ass

  14. Back in my old house, there used to be a bunch of these Scorpions, I never knew how dangerous they where.
    PS. I live in brazil

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