|A giant forest scorpion from the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India|
Heterometrus swammerdami, commonly called the giant forest scorpion, holds the record for being the world's largest scorpion species at 23 cm (9 inches) in length, and it can weigh as much as 56 grams (2.0 oz). Its venom is not usually lethal to humans because it has arguably evolved to kill its prey by crushing it with its pincers and not by venom. The subspecies H. swammerdami titanicus can be found in Sri Lanka and India.
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The Guinness Book of Records claims [...] Heterometrus swammerdami, to be the largest scorpion in the world [9 inches (23 cm)].
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