How much scorpion venom is released on average per sting?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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The average yield per scorpion via electrical excitation of the venom gland for a few species is listed below:

  • Tityus species - 0.39-0.62 mg

  • L quinquestriatus - 0.62 mg

  • Buthus species - 0.38-1.5 mg

  • Milking the venom gland produces approximately a 4-fold increase in yield amount compared to electrical excitation.


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