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Jun 14 2013

Giant Spider – Camel Spider in Iraq

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Camel Spider

The giant camel spider, one of the worlds biggest spiders, lives in desert environments and comes from the Solifugae order of animals in the arachnid class.

Arachnids are joint-legged invertebrates that have eight legs and comprises over 100,000 named species including spiders, scorpions and ticks.

Also known as wind scorpions, and sun spiders, the Giant Camel Spiders are angry looking and imposing in size with some species growing up to 12 inches in length is non-venomous.

However, with its powerful jaws, it is capable of inflicting an extremely painful bite!

Meet the Camel Spider


Their bizarre appearance can be startling to some, making them the subject of many urban legends including a 2004 email hoax with the infamous picture of soldiers in Iraq holding two fighting camel spiders.

Wind_scorpionThey live in warm and arid habitats, and are omnivorous, primarily feeding on ground dwelling arthropods such as darkling beetles and termites.

But they have also been known to feed on snakes, rodents and as seen in this video, small lizards.

The male camel spider flings the female on his back to transfer sperm and fertilize the eggs. The female then lays up to 200 eggs, typically only producing one brood of offspring a year.

Compared to other invertebrates, the camel spider is fast on land with a top speed estimated at 10mph, approximately 1/3 as the fastest human sprinter.

Although relatively harmless, I would still not like to cross paths with this beast straight out of a 50′s b-horror movie.

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Galeodes

Also known as Wind Scorpions and Sun Spiders.

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