Camel spiders gained their internet fame during the war in Iraq back in 2003 when rumors were spread about the creature’s gruesome nature and appearance being spread online.
The urban legend about the camel spiders say that the camel spider is half the size of a human body, can run just as fast as a human and they feast on the stomachs of humans and camels.
Pictures surfaced online of the camel spiders being blown up in size to the point where they were much larger than what they really are. Camel spiders are in fact on average only six inches in length and are omnivores that feast on insects, rodents, lizards and small birds. They are not venomous either, but they do have large jaws that can be up to one third the size of their body length and their bite can be rather painful. Camel spiders do run rather quick but only up to roughly 10 miles per hour, which is no where near the top speed of a human.
Camel spiders aren’t even spiders at all, but they are members of the Arachnid family. They are actually Egyptian giant solpugids, also known as wind scorpions.
Here are some pictures to remind those of what it is like being in the Middle East with these creatures:
-For those of you that experienced it, this will bring back some nightmares.