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Can I Eat a Scorpion?

On an episode of Survivorman, Les Stroud cooked grasshoppers, stating if you didn't, you might get a tapeworm. But he ate a raw scorpion–couldn't one just as easily get a tapeworm from a scorpion?

Question:

On an episode of Survivorman, Les Stroud cooked grasshoppers, stating if you didn’t, you might get a tapeworm. But he ate a raw scorpion–couldn’t one just as easily get a tapeworm from a scorpion?

Submitted by - Doug, Oklahoma City, OK

Answer:

Here’s what I think I know: Grasshoppers are herbivores. They can eat tapeworm eggs and larvae, maintain them in their gut, and pass them to you. Scorpions are carnivores with a problem–they can only digest liquid food. They, therefore, begin liquefying their prey with some pretty potent juices before dining. They cannot host a tapeworm

1 Comment

  1. Dennis

    Vince,

    It requires an understanding of “potent juices.” Just like most snake venom is deadly if it gets in the eyes or bloodstream, but is broken down/digested by our stomach enzymes without any issues.

    Most food we eat that is harvested from animals wouldn’t ‘sound’ appealing if we named all the organs and process, either, but they sure do taste good!

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