The rearing and trade of scorpion and snake venom especially that of the scorpion is one of the most lucrative business in the world.
As a matter of fact, scorpion venom is the most expensive fluid on the planet, a gallon of scorpion venom worth about 39 million dollars ($39 million) which is about a whooping 15.2 billion naira.. whoa!!!! , that right there is a huge amount of money
Then the venom of king cobra which is the most expensive snake venom and second most expensive fluid on earth, is worth about 153 thousand dollars($153,000) per gallon which is about 60 million naira.
1 US gallon is about 4 litres. This business is a very risky one , but as said, nothing good comes easy.
A big fortune can be made from scorpion and snake rearing. Let’s look at them one after the other
Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 21cm long.
Scorpions are nocturnal animals that mostly stays motionless in a corner during the day and and go hunting during the night. When they feel danger, they run, and when they are left with no other option, they sting to defend themselves, and their sting is very poisonous.
They mostly live in hot deserts. The most dangerous species of scorpions live in hot areas in Iran. They hide under rock and in holes, waiting for their prey.
Let’s do justice to our curiosities, unanswered questions and analysis concerning scorpion rearing
How do you make a scorpion farm?
Chop down trees, dig up stumps, shatter rocks, and pick every flower. You can leave all the resources on the beaches of the islands to clear out your inventory.
You can also use glass fence on a small piece of land or any smooth material to make the fence so as to prevent the scorpions from wondering off or rather use a perforated transparent plastic container. Make sure the habitat looks as natural as possible.
What do scorpions eat?
The mostly feed on grasshoppers, roaches , crickets and other small insects, some times they feed on small rats or lizard. They kill them and feed on the fluid inside of them. These are things you get easily from nature free of charge.
How much venom can a scorpion produce?
This question is very important because it would help you with the business planning.
When electrical stimulation is used to “milk” the venom glands of scorpions, an average yield of anywhere from 0.006 mg to about 2.0 mg of venom can be obtained from a single scorpion. The average is probably less than 0.5 mg. And it is likely that they inject even less than this amount under natural conditions.
Let’s assume we milk the total of 500 scorpions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You have to be mindful the way you milk them and the number of days you do so , so as to keep them healthy.
If you can get about 1mg of the venom from a single scorpion per one milking, then considering a total of 500 scorpion, you will succeed in obtaining 500mg of the venom in one day. Doing it 3 times in a week gives you 1500mg , then in a month, 6000mg(6g)
1 gram of the venom cost about $10,000, therefore 6g = $60,000 which is about 23.3 million naira in just one month. That means in a year you’ll be making about $720,000 which is about 279 million naira. This is just a pertinent assumption with only a total of 500 scorpions. Imagine if you have more, mind blowing right?
Why is scorpion venom so expensive?
Scorpion venom is very expensive because extracting the venom is very tedious and risky. One scorpion produces around 2 mg of venom at a time. So if you have a deathstalker with you, you’d have to milk it 2.64 million times to fill a gallon. Did you see that? 2.64 million times. And also there is high probability of getting stung while doing so.
What are the scorpions venom used for?
The scorpion poison contains protein and is used to treat many diseases such as rheumatism, inflammation of the colon, multiple sclerosis and cancer abroad.
It is used mostly in pharmaceutical industries, used or applied in the manufacture different varieties of medicine.
When it comes to SNAKES
Snake rearing or farming almost have the same approach as scorpion.
Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes’ paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung.
Snake farming is easier compared to scorpion farming and the extraction of the venom is way easier .
Both are risky, you have to be careful not to be bitten or stung.
One interesting fact about these animals is that they don’t just attack human being, they only do so for self defense , so there’s no reason for them to sting or bite when they are handled gently.
Aside its benefits to the pharmaceutical industries as the venom has similar content as that of the scorpions and used for similar purpose, you can also develop the anti-venom of antidote for snake bite from its venom. Snakes also makes wave in the fashion and designers industries. The skin is used to make designer bags , shoes and belt which are also very expensive.
Extraction of snake venom
Some of the products from snake skin
The Officer-in-Charge of Snakebite Treatment and Research Centre, Kaltungo, Gombe state, Mr. Abubakar Ballah has called on Nigerians to embrace snake rearing to enhance their economic status.
Mr Ballah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaltungo that snake rearing is one of the most profitable trades in the world.
He said that the good thing about the business is that you can find market easily through the internet. Mr. Ballah also made a comment on the area of agriculture, he said that snakes help in balancing the ecosystem on farmlands by reducing the number of destructive rodents, thereby enabling farmers to enjoy bumper harvest.
“Farmers do not go out at night to check their farms; snakes do that for them, as such the reptiles are supposed to be friends of farmers, not enemies,” he added.
Before you venture into these businesses , make sure you do intensive study on them and acquire enough knowledge on the farming system
Also, make sure you follow every legal procedure and be mindful of the way you capture them and how to maintain the balance in order not to cause extinction of these species.
This gives money more than oil companies and if most Nigerians and Africans at large engage in this business, it would be a big boost to the economy.
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