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Camel Spiders !!!

#1
What laughingly passes for police work in my unit was brought to a halt today with rumours of a 10 foot long spider that can out run a humvee and feasts on US marines "like the face hugger from alien"

For research purposes I came up with the camel spider on wikipedia.

I wondered how dangerous these things are? I have been to the air conditioned middle east (UAE OMAN EGYPT) and never seen one even in the desert, how common are these things in Iraq and Afghan?

Trotsky

(who has seen far more frightening sights in Barking or Feltham but is interested anyway!)
 
#6
suits_U said:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.camelspiders.net/large-camel-spider.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.camelspiders.net/large-camel-spider-picture.htm&h=480&w=640&sz=40&tbnid=gbbcNSqq2IgJ::&tbnh=103&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcamel%2Bspider&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image&cd=1

Apparently, that blokes been bitten by one......
I think it's the being eaten alive while asleep after the bite that is worse than the bite itself. 8O
 
#7
suits_U said:
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.camelspiders.net/large-camel-spider.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.camelspiders.net/large-camel-spider-picture.htm&h=480&w=640&sz=40&tbnid=gbbcNSqq2IgJ::&tbnh=103&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcamel%2Bspider&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image&cd=1

Apparently, that blokes been bitten by one......
All urban myth, sun spiders (not true spiders), arnt as nasty as they look, and they eat all the other creepy crawles. the pic shows distorted perspective in the above link, see below for the facts on 'Camel Spiders'

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/solpugids.html
 
#8
I saw one out in morroco, the scariest thing about them is their speed, they are very, very fast (for an insect that size) and look evil. Apart from that they're fine, I doubt you've got much to worry about.
 
#15
The picture (the one from camelspiders.net) shows a distorted perspective, they're big, but not as big as that picture suggests.

Never seen one in real life, heard the myth, and one guy told me he had been bitten and the wound was less than he had suffered from horsefly bite in his own back garden.
 
#16
There you go. Little one, but fcuk me could it move. Pic taken at Shaibah, TELIC 1. We caught it and put it in a box with some geckos, and made them fight. It won every fight hands down. It arched it's back and gave the lizardy things the good news.

 
#18
My first field unit was ex Aden. Horror staories abounded on the dreaded camel spider. 'Inject and anitiize then eat away your face in a night'
Never saw one during my service, then worked in Mid East, scared the living daylights out of me, and the rest of the workforce, mainly ex forces.
john
 
#19
They can be big, we saw some decent ones in Iraq, but don't believe the hype. They do make a noise like a cricket so that's a give away.

We had them in the Beastie box with all kinds, and Big Dave (our pet camel spider) beat everything, except the large ants we put in there. 5 of them took Big Dave apart. Be afraid of the ants, not these things.
 
#20
jonwilly said:
My first field unit was ex Aden. Horror staories abounded on the dreaded camel spider. 'Inject and anitiize then eat away your face in a night'
Never saw one during my service, then worked in Mid East, scared the living daylights out of me, and the rest of the workforce, mainly ex forces.
john
They may look scary but in fact they eat other more irritating creepie crawlies (as us entomologists style them). The reason they sometimes crawl over the faces of sleeping humans is because they like to absorb moisture collecting on the slumberer’s fiz in the form of sweat.

A quite vicious little bastid that I’ve come across (by sticking a mag light down a hole in Namibia) was the Baboon Spider. This big angry brute shot out of it’s burrow and pursued me down a dirt track, to the great amusement of the Anti Poaching Unit bloke who’d suggested the probing.

I also got stung by a Roi Bee which is like being kicked in the arm by a thorough bred stallion with er… a white hot horse shoe on.
 

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