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post #1 of 18
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From someone stationed in Baghdad:

He was recently bitten by a camel spider which was hiding in his sleeping bag. I thought you'd like to see what a camel spider looks like. It'll give you a better idea of what our troops are dealing with. Enclosed is a picture of his friend holding up two spiders.

Note:

"This species of spiders can attain a leg span of 5" and a body of 2". They are fast moving, attaining speeds of 10 MPH, aggressive hunters, capable of over powering much larger prey than itself (mice and birds). Its front pair of legs are modified as feelers to detect and pull its prey into its large over sized jaws. Its three pairs of legs are capable of speed making this creature a fast moving killing machine. However, they are not venomous and the only risk of injury resulting from them is caused by shock or infection following a bite."


post #2 of 18
OMG, those spiders look HORRIBLE, and I glad they're not venomous! I wonder if people living in the desert areas of the Middle East (like Anne?) ever have problems with those spiders getting inside their homes.
post #3 of 18
Looking at that picture makes me feel sick! (but then again, its probably a combination of looking at it and my allergy meds )
post #4 of 18
WOW!

I would NOT want to be anywhere near those! I'm glad they have gotten used to them. and I'm glad they're not venemous
post #5 of 18
Note what snopes say about this particular picture:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/camelspider.asp

Although whatever is depicted in the photograph above appears to be far too large for camel spiders, the creatures might just look unusually large because they were held close to the camera, creating an illusion of exaggerated size. However, since we don't know the source of the picture, we can't yet rule out the possibility that some other misdirection was involved (e.g., digital manipulation, a misdescription of what the photograph depicts, some soldiers goofing around with plastic figures or something else spider-shaped, etc.).
post #6 of 18
That is horrible. As if they don't have enough to worry about over there. It made me feel sick as well.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by bumpy
Note what snopes say about this particular picture:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/camelspider.asp

Although whatever is depicted in the photograph above appears to be far too large for camel spiders, the creatures might just look unusually large because they were held close to the camera, creating an illusion of exaggerated size. However, since we don't know the source of the picture, we can't yet rule out the possibility that some other misdirection was involved (e.g., digital manipulation, a misdescription of what the photograph depicts, some soldiers goofing around with plastic figures or something else spider-shaped, etc.).
The video on that page is interesting, too, because you can see it killing a scorpion.
post #8 of 18
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whatever the size they are still nasty yuk!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by chelle
whatever the size they are still nasty yuk!
Exactly! After the video, I felt worse. YUCKKKKKKKKK!
post #10 of 18
I heard about these little buggers while I was in after the first war from the guys that went over there. However they weren't that big, this has to be a close up. The ones I saw were about the size of a mans hand. Thats still big though. And yes, they did hide in sleeping bags, but what I heard the most from the guys that were over there were the beetles. It was bad at times, especially in the summer. I can't imagine what its like though. But EWWWWW, I have a great fear of spiders. YUCKY! Btw, you think those are bad, you should see the ones in the amazon and the far east. I've seen pics of them get to be a foot across if not bigger! Okay enough on this subject before I creep myself out and others
post #11 of 18
Seriously, I swear I am arachnaphobic (sp?) I get goose bumps whenever I see any spider. As soon as I scrolled down to the picture I closed the page, like some sort of reflex That is sooo disgusting. I HATE spiders. Even the small teeny weeny tiny ones. UGH I got shivers looking at it
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by squirtle
Seriously, I swear I am arachnaphobic (sp?) I get goose bumps whenever I see any spider. As soon as I scrolled down to the picture I closed the page, like some sort of reflex That is sooo disgusting. I HATE spiders. Even the small teeny weeny tiny ones. UGH I got shivers looking at it

same here
post #13 of 18
DISGUSTING.. ABSOLUTELY FOUL.. but it does seem to have an odd leg count.. spiders have 8 legs.. anything more makes it still an archnaid maybe like a scorpion, but not necessarily a spider.. either way, I am NEVER leaving Canada ever... although.. Iraqi people must be totally used to those...I have a turkish friend who told me about I think west turkey, where it gets really hot in the summer and they have to sleep on the roofs in their beds, but have to put buckets of water under the bedposts to stop the scorpions from climbing into the beds.. yikes..
post #14 of 18
12 inch span, 5 inch span..not much difference to me in terms of not wanting to run into one of these guys!
post #15 of 18
eeewww, just watched the video... but don't worry spider folks.. its not a spider according to the site.. its more like a scorpion.. but I still think it looks like one and I still HATE spiders.. eeeew.. I HATE SPIDERS
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Andrea77
eeewww, just watched the video... but don't worry spider folks.. its not a spider according to the site.. its more like a scorpion.. but I still think it looks like one and I still HATE spiders.. eeeew.. I HATE SPIDERS
To me, scorpion would be worse!

My friends boyfriend returned from Afghanistan a few months ago and he brought home some dead spiders. They are black and HUGE, about the size described. She has them hanging on their living room wall along with a scorpion and another nasty bug. Trust me, I do not sit underneath those babies!
post #17 of 18
ewwwwww! I'm not generally afraid of Spiders, well not much anyway, but that's gross!
post #18 of 18
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrgghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
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