Screaming Camel Spiders

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Brent Cannon:
Brent CannonI already had great appreciation for the men and women serving in Iraq. But now, I have even more. It is bad enough they risk life and limb everyday. It is bad enough they have to be away from their friends, family and loved ones. It is bad enough they make daily sacrifices we take for granted. But now, a new pest I had no idea existed.

A friend has a family member serving in Iraq and just told me about a hideous little monster troops have to deal with. It is called a “camel spider.” Spider, you ask? Why not ship a bunch of raid to the troops? Well, have you ever heard of, or seen the dreaded camel spider?

From what I hear, they are bad news. They are little meat eaters. They get their name because they like to get under camels as they lay down and gnaw on their bellies! They can become very large. I also hear they are very, very fast – like they can run up to 30 miles an hour.

They say the spiders do not like the sun, so they chase you. Not because they are trying to eat you, yet, but because they want to get into your shadow and escape the sun.

Troops are told to shake out their sleeping bag each time they get in to make sure there is not an uninvited guest waiting. As I understand, the camel spider is not poisonous, but they have big fangs and powerful jaws and can leave a very nasty wound if they bite.

After looking them up on the Internet I found out several things. First of all, some of what I mentioned above are myths. Some of it is not. And another thing, they say camel spiders are also called “screaming spiders” because they make a screaming sound when they run. Nice.

So – check out this link for some YouTube videos, pictures and other information – don’t forget to check the parts that are true vs. the parts that are not. But either way, these things are nasty and just one of the many parts of daily life the troops have to deal with.

Brent Cannon
NBC Bay Area Anchor

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One Response to “Screaming Camel Spiders”

  1. connor Says:

    camel spider is so cool

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