Camel Spider

Actually, the camel spider should not be listed here with venomous spiders, since it’s a well established fact that it hasn't any venom. Also, even if it is an arachnid, it isn't a spider, since not all arachnids are spiders. The camel spider belongs to the Solifugae and is an arachnid but not a spider.

Since the camel spider is the most widely used name, we will call it a spider in the following text, even though we don't like calling it by a wrong name. It's included here because it’s an exciting arachnid.

Cheliceraes and its speed

The size of the spider is up to 12 cm/4 inches. The strength of its cheliceraes makes it dangerous since the mechanical effect of a bite will cause a huge wound, which will be subject to all kind of infections caused by bacteria. The spider is very fast and can run at the same speed as humans. Several soldiers have felt that they were attacked by the spider, but this has probably not been the spider’s intention, since it only attacks prey smaller than itself.

The bizarre look in conjunction with their speed of movement has made them more feared than necessary, although some caution is required for soldiers in the desert, as well as the local Iraqi population.

The spider produces a hissing sound when approached and has quite powerful claws; it's no wonder that people gets frightened when encountering a camel spider.

This picture of a camel spider found in a sleeping bag has been around on the Internet for a long time. If you look closer, there are actually two spiders, and the photographer has made the photo in a way so the spiders looks larger than they really are.

A camel spider

A Legend About the Camel Spider

In Arab countries, it's a legend that camel spiders eat human flesh and actually are very fond of it. This is only one of the myths entomologists meet when asked about the camel spider. In the section about spider bites, I have added some photos of bites caused by the camel spider.

This picture is better and more to the point.

A camel spider on some slippery rocks

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