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Scorpions are the bane of many landscapes and households around the world. They live in harsh terrains and have evolved to effectively defend themselves from predators and unsuspecting humans. Scorpions are considered some of the most dangerous arachnids. They may be small, but if you spot these creepy crawlies, don't underestimate them.

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1. Mottled Scorpion

The Mottled scorpion, Mesobuthus eupeus, is one of the smaller members of the venomous Buthidae family. This yellowish arachnid reaches an average length of 2 inches, with the females outsizing the males. While the stings are painful, causing inflammation at the puncture site and possible neurotoxic effects, their venom contains peptides that are interesting to researchers. One set of peptides kills pathogenic germs, while another set is a candidate for use in antimalarial drugs.

Mottled Mesobuthus eupeus ePhotocorp / Getty Images
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