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Mutt Williams attacked by scorpions at the Chauchilla Cemetery

"When it comes to scorpions, the bigger the better. A small one bites you, don't keep it to yourself."
―Indiana Jones[src]

A scorpion is a type of arachnid, with over 2,000 known species. Living in nearly all parts of the world, they have a unique body shape with two front claws, four walking legs, and a tail stinger. While all scorpions use a venom to attack prey, only a few scorpion species have venom that is dangerous to humans.

Indiana Jones has had many encounters with these arachnids and his son, Mutt Williams, had Arachnophobia, a fear of arachnids, specifically scorpions.

Adventures with scorpions[]

Scorpion and camels

A scorpion in the desert.

During late World War I, Indiana Jones encountered scorpions outside Cairo, Egypt being used by hired warriors to slow Jones down as he attempted to prevent the Germans from obtaining the advanced gatling gun. A single shot from his revolver would make quick work of them.[1]

In 1936, while reaching for a Hopi arrowhead in Arizona, Lucy Giles let a scorpion crawl onto her arm. Her scream brought the attention of her professor, Indiana Jones, and the rest of the "Archaeology 223" expedition. Hoping to avoid it striking anyone, Jones deftly used his bullwhip to flick the scorpion off of his student.[2]

In 1947, while searching for the Infernal Machine, Indiana Jones encountered poisonous scorpions in Babylon, The Philippines and Sudan. These scorpions were poisonous and could kill Indy if he did not use a poison kit. A single shot from his revolver was enough to deal with them. He also found a few in Peru while he was going after the Jeweled Chachapoyan Idol.[3]

In 1957, while exploring the Chauchilla Cemetery in Nazca, Peru, Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams encountered a group of black scorpions. Despite his best efforts, Williams was stung by one and was concerned about poison. Jones' comments about scorpion size only provided Williams with a little relief.[4]



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