first night i saw one scuttle past i thought if i run at it, it will run back into the light so i can see it properly- anyhow it didnt it came straight for me so i jumped on the little b'strd, used to kill about three a night on patrol, i am sure my MWD ate one one night too
he was fine, i was just patrolling along and saw him stick his head down and grab something then heard whatever it was go crunch and get swollowed, phoned the vet tech straight away and she said to keep an eye on him but he was fine
Camel Spiders are simply fcuking Horrible, however if you are bored out your mind, can get a hold of a domino beetle and a scorpion âblack as they are slightly saferâ get a washing bowl, put them both in it, and sit down and watch the UFC of the insect world.
They go around in patrols you know...if you see one then several others are watching you. Spooky huh? Actually Brian, (pushes glasses back up nose) they are not really spiders although they are arachnids huh ha ha!
Mating habits are different from those of other arachnids. The male courts the female by stroking her with his pedipalpi and forelegs. This reduces her to a passive state, as if anaesthetized, whereupon the male lays her on her side. Raising his body he ejects a mass of spermatozoa onto the ground, picks it up with his chelicerae and forces it into the vagina. He closes the opening and waits a few moments and then hurriedly departs before the female has a chance to grab and eat him.
My mate got bit on the arrse one night by one and he was lucky to keep his arrse! His spyincter putrified and sort of healed over! The Doc had to drill several satalite holes to allow him to dump, while his main ring recovered! He had to take loadsa pills to keep his Richard the thirds, loose enough to pass through the satalite holes. God, was he depressed for ages!
Met a few of these nasty little fellas whilst over in Kuwait.....not my favourite things at all. Had a mate who was chewed upon by one of these beasties whilst in his maggot.....lots of jabs and had it excised by the doc in case it was a female and had laid her eggs in the wound. Nice! Still, at least he didn't feel it at the time. Whilst in a Rover one night followed one for a couple of hundred yards, seems it was attracted by the light (or shadow). Boy can they run! Yuk
Whilst my son was in exercise in Oman he came across a lot of them. His first encounter was whilst wandering off for a pee. As he was coming back, he heard something, turned around to be faced with loads of them scuttling after him. He ran back to camp screaming! It appears that they don't like the light and, although he thought they were chasing him, they were probably just trying to get into his shadow to get out of the light. The Omani troops told him that they shoot them on sight. A friend of mine said that civilian contractors in places like Saudi won't work if they know there are camel spiders around.
Whilst in Oman on SSII one of my colleagues woke up with some puncture marks on his forehead, we all joked he'd had a camel spider on his face in the night...he went sick after the wound started to get worse and the medics cheerfully informed him that it was indeed a large camel spider bite...
There's plenty around at the moment. This is one we have trained to kill all the mice that are plaguing us in our nice little tents:
He is called George, and is not the largest one of the tribe, but certainly the friendliest. They do indeed operate in packs - after all, think how many it takes working together to bring down a Camel.
We had a few of them in our TOC on a small little platoon-sized base we had just south of Anaconda/Balad. I had read all about how they're actually harmless... and the things still give me the willies.