Thousands of scorpions lined up in plastic boxes.
In this Turkish laboratory, a breeding of more than 20,000 scorpions.
If this laboratory has specialized in this type of breeding, it is to recover the (very precious) venom from these members of the arachnid family.
Equipped with pliers, the scientists squeeze the animal's tail to extract the "precious nectar".
“We raise the scorpions, then we milk them to collect their venom which is then frozen.
Then we transform it into powder to sell it in Europe,” explains Metin Orelner, the owner of this laboratory.
The farm which opened in 2020 mainly exports to France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.
The venom is used to make painkillers, antibiotics and cosmetics.
"A scorpion contains 2 milligrams of venom, and we get about 1 gram of venom from 300 to 400 scorpions," adds Metin Orelner.
The liter of scorpion venom is thus worth the trifle of 10 million dollars, or more than 9.8 million euros.