The camel spider is a very interesting species, also known under the name of wind scorpion and solifugae. There are numerous species of these spiders known in the world today, most of them living in deserts. Camel spiders commonly are considered to be dangerous to humans, even though this is just an urban legend, exaggerated by the featuring of these spiders in various movies. The speed of the spiders, as well as their dimensions, are commonly exaggerated, this being the main reason why people tend to fear them.
The stories about huge camel spiders first began spreading in the 1990s. Soon, the species became legendary. In 2011 a movie, Camel Spiders, was released presenting these creatures in huge dimensions, invading the United States after years in which they have tormented the US troupes in the Middle East. No place is any longer safe due to these dangerous spiders and people from all around the world start fearing them. Naturally, in the movie things are much exaggerated, as the spiders are not as huge as shown in the Hollywood production and they are definitely not going to invade the US. In fact, there is nothing to fear about the species. This spider belongs to the Solifugae order, being part of the Arachnida class. It is also well known as Sun Spider and Bread Clutter, but also as Wind Spider and Wind Scorpion. One of the most important facts about these spiders is that they are not dangerous to humans, regardless of the myths you may have heard about them.
The camel spider will prefer a dry, sandy area, most species being found in North Africa and Middle East. They are not venomous and this is the main reason why they are not dangerous and should not be feared by humans. The bite of this spider can be painful, but it will never be life-threatening. The spider most commonly feeds with small rodents, insects, termites, but also smaller spiders and reptiles. They move quite fast, being this way able to hunt easily. Since the spiders cannot use venom to hunt, they base their entire hunting technique on their ability to run fast. The species can most commonly be seen during the spring and the summers and the main reason why these individuals are called camel spiders is actually given by the fact that they live in the deserts.