An angry camel spider bite is a painful bite. But these giant spiders rarely attack humans. They’re a bizarre spider species seen in photos with soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.
What is it?
Camel spiders—also known as wind scorpions and Egyptian giant solpugids—are large, spider-like predators with jaws spanning up to a third of their own body length. They use these jaws to capture their victims and turn them into a pulp with a sawing or chopping motion. In addition, they use digestive fluids to liquify their prey’s flesh, making it easier to suck them into their stomachs. Contrary to popular belief, camel spiders are not spiders. They ARE members of the arachnid class but are actually “solpugids,” or Latin for “those that flee from the sun.”
Where is it located?
Camel spiders are native to North Africa and parts of the Middle East. During the day, the look for any shadow available to escape the sun’s heat, misleading people to believe they’re being chased by these fast creatures.
How it will kill you?
Urban legends and false rumors have been spread exaggerating the camel spider’s size, speed, and ferocity due to certain pictures circulating the Internet of camel spiders with soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan. People wonder whether these photos are real or fake. They’re capable of delivering painful bites, but as they’re non-venomous creatures, these bites are NOT fatal.
How to survive?
If a camel spider is running in your direction, keep in mind that it’s likely just seeking refuge from the sun in your shadow. They’ll only bite if they feel threatened, in which case a simple cleaning of the wound with soap and water as well as a topical application of antibiotic ointment should suffice.