Yerevan – the desert city… and the scorpion in the office


You don’t normally expect scorpions and tarantula in your office, do you? Well, in my office in central Yerevan I’ve come across both. And not just in the office, but also at home. This is mostly because Yerevan was built on a desert area, partly also because human activity has further worsened the microclimate here.

The massive construction in Yerevan’s Northern Avenue and elsewhere has also contributed to the fact, that all sorts of venomous creatures: snakes, scorpions, lizards have been driven out of their underground nests and spread throughout the central areas of the city. Still, with cooler weather this year, we haven’t heard about snake-bites and scorpion poisonings this year. Thank God.

Overall, beautiful as it is, Yerevan is situated in the worst possible place for a capital city. My suggestion? Let’s move capital of Armenia into Tsakhadzor, Sevan, Gyumri or Vanadzor. Why not?

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


  1. I found one sitting in the middle of my bathtub a couple of years ago.

  2. In our da4a in Djrvezh we used to wake up with scorpions on our beds all the time.

  3. Hallo Heute am 26.08.2009 habe ich in meiner Wohnung *Balkon( im Herzen von yerewan Hanrapetutyan Strasse einen Skorpion gefunden Meine Frage sind alle Skorpione in Armenien giftig und gefaehrlich.

    1. Die Skorpione in Eriwan sind nicht gefährlich für Erwachsene und Menschen mit starken Immunsystem. Auch, die gelbe Skorpione sind nicht gefährlich. Dunkler Skorpione – schwarz oder braun kann zu sehr schmerzhafte Bisse.
      Wenn der Skorpion beißt Sie – alle Krankenhäuser in Eriwan kann Ihnen eine kostenlose Anti-Skorpion Injektion geben.

      The scorpions in Yerevan are not dangerous for adults and people with strong immune system. The yellow scorpions are not dangerous at all. Darker scorpions – black and brown ones can cause very painful bites.
      If the scorpion bites you – all hospitals in Yerevan will provide you with a free anti-scorpion injection.

  4. It’s Androctonus sp in the picture, very dangerous. Bites may be deadly:-)

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