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Iraq Camel Spiders
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Uploader comment: This image shows two camel spiders, the size is misleading, as they are close to the camera and are not as large as they have been made out to be in recent months.

Image status: EXPLAINED Camel spiders are real however their size and ferocity has been exaggerated, in this picture the spiders are close to the camera and appear much larger than they actually are.


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Comment icon #68 Posted by snydeman2 on 22 September, 2013, 19:05
I have heard about these spiders too, I heard it's bite could paralyze a human till it's was done feeding of them; Is that true?
Comment icon #67 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 17 September, 2013, 17:02
I'm glad I don't live where those things do. O_O
Comment icon #66 Posted by lizzieboo on 30 June, 2012, 15:57
Dear God in heaven.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Mikami on 9 March, 2012, 14:11
so...they scream at you?
Comment icon #64 Posted by Arawyn on 11 November, 2011, 17:24
i got one of those. It's a dead one i have perserved in a chunk of plastic. It's a paperweight my stepdad sent back to me when he was serving in Afghanistan during the war.
Comment icon #63 Posted by angle89 on 22 October, 2011, 8:28
this is real people im from iraq and i know about these spiders.
Comment icon #62 Posted by ripperking on 21 October, 2011, 20:36
The reason they are called camel spiders or wind scorpion or sun spider is because they don't exactly like the sun, they run under a camel's shadow sceaming/whistling, sometimes known to chase men in their shadows, to get away from direct sunlight. These spiders are a relation to another type of arachnid in S.A called the rock spider/scorpion spider, except they do not have pincers, infact their jaws actually have an anesthetic property which when they run underneath a camel, they flip upside down and "scalp" the camel's belly, chewing the hair to use for nesting, some so...
Comment icon #61 Posted by Atlantis Rises on 10 August, 2011, 0:35
Holy crap!
Comment icon #60 Posted by MrMorden on 9 August, 2011, 17:50
Lock and load on those damn things.
Comment icon #59 Posted by E-K-A-99 on 26 July, 2011, 19:32
OH MY GOD if someone payed me a billion dollars to touch it then fat chance im running cause that thing gives me THE CREEPS!!!!!
Comment icon #58 Posted by marharthm on 30 June, 2011, 8:45
Why would anyone pick that thing up god...
Comment icon #57 Posted by Fennecat on 12 April, 2011, 18:46
My god, these things are amazing...
Comment icon #56 Posted by ViRGO29 on 25 March, 2011, 2:01
Oh hELL no!!! i would diE at fiRSt sight!
Comment icon #55 Posted by zombie-_- on 20 July, 2010, 2:09
i wouldbt hold one
Comment icon #54 Posted by raid on 3 November, 2009, 21:54
We have these in northern Nevada, we call them Vinagaroos because when you are bit by one you get a vinagar taste in your mouth, very fast and hard to catch. The bigest one I have seen was maybe 3" long.
Comment icon #53 Posted by cvicarsaf on 26 June, 2008, 7:21
Camel Spiders are not spiders, they are arachnids, they are in the scorpion family, before US Soldiers dubbed them Camel Spiders they were referred to as wind scorpions. They are in the scorpiones family. To be exact the Solfugae family. I've seen them very big the size of a hub cap, I've even seen a nother guy in Iraq eat one for 20 bucks...he was ok
Comment icon #52 Posted by kill3rkay on 7 March, 2008, 20:13
O_o ook there cool but really really scary*shivers*! wooho they DO have 10 legs!
Comment icon #51 Posted by therion24 on 1 February, 2008, 0:51
when i was in kuwaitt i came across one of these and it ran after my shadow to get out of the heat!!
Comment icon #50 Posted by tinisle on 17 December, 2007, 5:16
The word is not solpugid, it's solifugid.
Comment icon #49 Posted by wraithgod on 14 October, 2007, 0:30
Just look at them compared to the guy who's holding them, not the guy behind them... I've seen this pic before, never actually took a close enough look to gauge the size properly. DEADITEQUEENLIVS is right, they DO have 10 legs.
Comment icon #48 Posted by wookieballa on 24 August, 2007, 16:50
wow, does anyone read before they post? i have seen the same replies several times on here, its pretty funny they do jump really well, i have been stationed in the sand box, and we have seen these things in very large sizes, and with really bad tempers
Comment icon #47 Posted by nomran619 on 5 June, 2007, 4:34
They actually aren't spiders at all, they're solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida.
Comment icon #46 Posted by solifugpain on 13 April, 2007, 20:49
They are also called galeodes. I used to catch and keep spiders when i was child, when a friend of mine gave me one day one of this in a vase. It is the most aggresive insect (i remember its appetite when i fed him!). It is the second faster insect after cockroache and it is not a spider. (sorry if i made mistakes using my english, i am from greece)
Comment icon #45 Posted by deaditequeen on 15 September, 2006, 11:04
They have 10 legs so that puts them out of the arachnid catagory
Comment icon #44 Posted by rudolph on 6 September, 2006, 20:43
could be mutated turantula but by the look they dont look like tarantulas............. i wouldn't have that as a pet as if it was the last pet on earth....or maybe i'll buy it to scare girls with this spidar, nice plan!!
Comment icon #43 Posted by ziggen on 13 August, 2006, 10:35
.. no they're not spiders. and yes they are huge. just because they have eight legs doesn't mean they're spiders. anyone ever heard of a tardigrade?.. tiny microscopic creature.. has 8 legs.. not a spider.. not even an arachnid. look it up. it's commonly called a "Water bear"
Comment icon #42 Posted by benoit on 10 August, 2006, 15:23
"They ARE spiders. Count the legs. By the way, BigDave30, 'bum' is the English form of 'butt.' There. Odd that we know your word and you don't know ours..." Definitively NOT. Arachnids, but not spiders!
Comment icon #41 Posted by samael on 29 July, 2006, 22:40
It was 11:00PM when I made that ^ post and I wasn't thinking straight. And they're not exactly scorpions, do you see a tail?
Comment icon #40 Posted by lee c on 18 July, 2006, 10:35
well being in the military and have been stationed in iraq ive seen these camel spiders and in all reality they arnt that big. ive seen wolf spiders bigger than a camel spider. but in our free time we have put camel spiders up against lizards and the camel spider won. and i cant see how people would believe this when the largest spider in the world is the bird eating tarantula which can be as large as a dinner plate. ive seen them in the zoo
Comment icon #39 Posted by jizzy on 6 June, 2006, 1:32
lol yeh facehuggers... but yeh, look at the size of the spiders(or whatever) in relation to the shirt sleeve in the foreground of the picture.. and whats with R. New? hes been posting loads making it sound like he knows loads, and everyone 2nd or 3rd post after his is flaming him.. loool.. loser.
Comment icon #38 Posted by aghimacrazyduckofdoom on 29 April, 2006, 1:34
R. new jus' because it has eight legs doesnt mean its a spider. It means that its an arachnid.
Comment icon #37 Posted by foxgirl on 10 April, 2006, 5:01
Wow! O_O they sound just like cookie cutter sharks! They both bite out huge holes! -_- if i saw one of those things coming toward me, people would then know how violent i could get. ^_^ they all think i'm innocent! Morons.
Comment icon #36 Posted by samael on 2 April, 2006, 23:10
They ARE spiders. Count the legs. By the way, BigDave30, 'bum' is the English form of 'butt.' There. Odd that we know your word and you don't know ours...
Comment icon #35 Posted by bigdave30 on 25 March, 2006, 19:20
Only if my mom was there shed go crazy! Whats a bum?
Comment icon #34 Posted by frenehld on 17 March, 2006, 11:32
I think they are poisonous, but not fatal...My husband's cousin came back from Iraq with a picture of a guy who got bit by one right on his bum. It left a hole the size of a quarter. He got better though...Now that I think about it, he may have been fibbing...
Comment icon #33 Posted by genevieve on 4 January, 2006, 1:52
Not that I want them to be hurt or anything, but EWWWWWWWWWW. If I came any where near those I think I would have a hearattack. p.s. what are those little white taggy things sticking out of the bottom one? There's 10 and they look like the tags on clothing. Anyone?
Comment icon #32 Posted by lbj on 26 December, 2005, 0:41
Man if i seen that thing i would beat the hell out of it and take a dump on its head
Comment icon #31 Posted by freshgeek on 23 December, 2005, 13:32
they may be small but they are still ugly mo fo's
Comment icon #30 Posted by fullmooneyes on 23 December, 2005, 2:07
And people wonder why i dont like things with 8 legs
Comment icon #29 Posted by weasel on 19 November, 2005, 4:09
imagine finding that in ur pants o_0
Comment icon #28 Posted by gear on 6 November, 2005, 21:24
they might be non-venomous but they do take a bit out of you like a cooky-cutter. not only that but they will run at you if your shadow falls on them! and they can jump VERY high, ataching to the camels underbelly to take a bite. they do numb the area of the bite, but if you had one in you sleeping bag you would wake up with a VERY big hole in you.
Comment icon #27 Posted by vick mackey on 1 November, 2005, 0:41
Don't look at them compared to their legs, look at the sleeve to far right hand side. They're like, exactly five, five and a half inches. Don't be so freaked out, and no, punky, they ain't trying not to scare us. They really aren't that big.
Comment icon #26 Posted by brittyp on 21 October, 2005, 12:18
k but when you actually look at them and compare them to the bodies and legs of the people behind them they are still pretty effin huge! not something to be wondering around forsure
Comment icon #25 Posted by melissa2223 on 19 October, 2005, 4:44
Comment icon #24 Posted by lyknatheart on 13 October, 2005, 3:05
KILL IT! Erm, sorry aranaphopic coming out. It's a very lovely little spider- big spider. Please keep them away from me... love you.
Comment icon #23 Posted by debunkster on 21 September, 2005, 10:08
A.F.A.I.K., these are harmless to humans -- in fact, some people keep them in cages like tarantulas. But they can kill and eat larger bugs. I've seen video of one fighting and then devouring a scorpion. It's said that in W.W.II, soldiers in North Africa would catch these and tie them to their cotlegs as a safeguard against scorpions. (Don't know if that last bit's true, but it's not impossible.)
Comment icon #22 Posted by suenamilyn on 21 September, 2005, 2:25
oh blecch!!! step on it step on it! ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, thats just not right.
Comment icon #21 Posted by viruspunk on 20 September, 2005, 6:05
Those people who claim it to be a camera mistake, are just trying not to scare you.. But I believe those are that big, maybe the body size is 5 inches but the leg span has to be around 10-12inches.
Comment icon #20 Posted by lizard lover on 14 September, 2005, 7:11
I love spiders, but I don't want one of THOSE things crawling one me! *shivers* They look cute though! If I showed that to ANYONE at my school one of those things they would either faint, scream like a little girl, or run around and try and squash it. O.o
Comment icon #19 Posted by jonny_dude on 23 July, 2005, 2:10
Can they hurt you at all?? Even if there not poisonis. And the size is easily showen in thepicture. Just look at the of the spider compared to the troop's hand. :S
Comment icon #18 Posted by jonny_dude on 23 July, 2005, 2:07
They look like facehuggers :S
Comment icon #17 Posted by ihatethelight_76 on 3 July, 2005, 0:32 would still scare me ... i wanted a pet spider once...but the more i read on how to take care of them ...(the less i wanted one)
Comment icon #16 Posted by mishalee on 29 June, 2005, 2:40
Thats really disgusting, but interesting.
Comment icon #15 Posted by theghost_and_thedarkness on 25 June, 2005, 4:33
I must add that all solpugids are rather disturbing looking. . .
Comment icon #14 Posted by theghost_and_thedarkness on 25 June, 2005, 4:31
The camel spider isn't a spider, it's a solpugid, a member of the Arachnid family. The leg span can get up to 5". They eat like lizards and scorpions. And they are NON-VENOMOUS. They can also be found in the southwest, US and mexico. Of course, none of that makes them any less icky.
Comment icon #13 Posted by jeenuh on 23 June, 2005, 0:27
Yeah, I saw some on TV and they were smaller(Lol, on Leno. Sad)Anyway, I hate spiders, if I showed my boyfriend these he'd probably scream like a little girl. Which is okay, becuase I would too. /
Comment icon #12 Posted by nemesis on 10 May, 2005, 3:46
I'm sure they aren't that big. They are most deffinately an arachnid, though none I have ever seen in real life... Though, I have seen pictures, etc. They are a very interesting creature, I can tell you that for sure.
Comment icon #11 Posted by fierce_almond on 27 April, 2005, 4:33
Does ANYONE read the caption? It says that they are NOT THAT BIG!
Comment icon #10 Posted by ilovevivalabam on 24 April, 2005, 6:01
they are that size and very poisonous
Comment icon #9 Posted by fgcuchica on 24 April, 2005, 3:08
hotstreak is close. They are arachnids, but not spiders. They are in the same family though
Comment icon #8 Posted by hotstreak911 on 23 April, 2005, 6:04
i heard they are a cross-breed of a desert spider and a scorpion so they can be very dangirous if u get them mad they could proply do the same thing the face-huggers do in the "aliens" movies
Comment icon #7 Posted by o true believer on 21 April, 2005, 5:50
whats on the bottom of the bottom spider it looks like spikes or sumthing
Comment icon #6 Posted by zackery00 on 8 April, 2005, 19:53
They look like some sort of whip scorpion or another insect class... maybe the reason they look so big is that they *are* so close to the camera, thus enhancing their size twofold.
Comment icon #5 Posted by shivel on 6 April, 2005, 20:38
Good lord they are huge! Here i thought tarantulas were big....
Comment icon #4 Posted by alienplayalolz on 3 April, 2005, 10:10
My cousin, who is in Iraq, was telling me about these when she came to visit..gave me the creeps and I love spiders..
Comment icon #3 Posted by accused pheonix on 2 April, 2005, 20:20
No man, They are spiders alright!
Comment icon #2 Posted by als666 on 2 April, 2005, 20:05
They are not spiders, is another type of insects.
Comment icon #1 Posted by epitaph wavemaster on 2 April, 2005, 1:05
They really don't look like other spiders...
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