Camel spiders look like a cross between a spider, scorpion and an insect, and they are closely related to all three of these species. They do not have venom and cannot make spider webs, instead they use their strong jaws to crack their prey’s skin.
Their other names are:
- The sun spider
- the wind spider
- the wind scorpion
They look like spiders with a rounded abdomen, their color is usually light grey or tan. Camel spiders are no more than six inches long. Their front legs are not legs at all because they are sticky and their cause is to help with catching a prey and climbing any surface.
The other legs are long and covered with long hairs.
They have eight legs and the front legs are used to feel the area, as a guide to where they should go. Some camel spiders are great climbers and can even climb very tall buildings in search of prey.
Their habitats are mostly hot areas like desert regions, where they usually hide under rocks and sand, and they are mostly active at night, not daylight.
Camel spiders prefer sandy areas and are geographically found in Northern Africa, the Middle East and some United States regions.
They are not really dangerous to people at all because they do not have venom. Nevertheless, they are pretty aggressive and their bite can be very painful. Their bite can sometimes lead to an infection because it sometimes leaves damage to the skin.
However, this occurs rarely since their primary preys are other venomous insects. In order to avoid a camel spider bite you should try to avoid any contact with it that includes unprotected skin. It is better to avoid any contact whatsoever so try to check your clothing and shoes if you suspect a camel spider is somewhere nearby, and avoid sleeping on bare ground as much as possible. If you find them anywhere on your body, gently brush them off. It may be difficult to stay calm within the presence of such a large animal, but try to do so as much as possible in order to avoid an anxiety attack.
They will bite if they feel that they are threatened in any way. If you were bitten by a camel spider, the bite area should be disinfected immediately, in order to prevent a serious infection.
Most camel spiders lay their eggs in underground areas. An interesting fact about camel spiders is that they will go towards light at night, but they seek shadow and dark places at daylight, mostly because they try to avoid walking on hot ground areas.
They will follow your shadow if you are ever near them because they are trying to avoid contact with hot grounds.
There are many myths about camel spiders, one of them is the theory that their name originates out of their tendency to attack camels, and it could not be more wrong since these animals are called camel spiders because they live in deserts and that’s all.
Today, there are about nine hundred species of camel spiders. Camel spiders avoid humans as much as possible, they prefer uninhabited areas.
Camel spiders can move at velocities of almost 10 miles per hour.
Their oxygen intake capacity is high, and this is the reason why they can move so fast, but they have a short life span because of this high metabolic activity.
The hairs and spines that cover their bodies allow them to sense the ground vibrations and they also contribute to their ability to move very fast.
Camel spiders only come out during the summer and spring seasons, they avoid coming out in cold seasons.