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Camel Spiders

November 3rd 2008 01:44
Camel Spiders, also known as wind scorpions, sun scorpions and sun spiders belong to the Arachnid order Solifugae. They are not true spiders, although they can look very similar.
Camel Spiders and their relatives live in desert regions around the world feeding on termites, beetles, other insects and occasionally lizards.
They can grow moderately large as seen in the picture (up to about 12 cm), move on land at about half the speed of a human, and they carry no poison.
Camel spider in Iraq


Camel Spiders are the subject of many urban legends which exaggerates their size, speed, appetite and lethality. In the Middle East, there is a rumour amongst coalition military forces that they can sneak up on a person while they are asleep, inject an anaesthetic into their arm or leg, then feast. The victim awakes the next morning with a gaping wound. There are also stories of Camel Spiders leaping into the air and disembowelling animals, and even running alongside vehicles and emitting and high pitched scream.

None of these stories are substantiated, and the spiders will only attack a human in self defence. They can inflict a bite, but this will not be lethal.


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Comment by Damo

November 3rd 2008 02:23
Hehehe
Another horror film in the making.

Snopes.com has a whole page on this little critter.


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