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

    Click on the picture for a better idea of the size of these things.
    Will F.
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  • #2
    Yummy.. :P

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    • #3
      Disgusting...

      Now I can understand why people suffer from arachophobia. Yuck... what a beast.

      -Colin

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      • #4
        Wow...that is verrrryyy discusting. Gross.



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        • #5
          Holy..........Jeeez!!!!!!!!!! I didn't know spiders could get soo big!

          With a vertical leap that would make a pro basketball player weep with envy (they have to be able to jump up on to a camels stomach after all), they latch on and inject you with a local anesthesia so you can't feel it feeding on you. They eat flesh, not just suck out your juices like a normal spider.

          Now that's disgusting. I think I may have Arachnophobia after seeing that picture

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          • #6
            Now I know why I hate spiders!!!

            -Pete
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            • #7
              COOL!

              According to most spider experts, these claims are all false. Camel spiders (so named because, like camels, they can be found in sandy desert regions) grow to be moderately large (about a 5" leg span), but nowhere near as large as dinner plates; they can move very quickly in comparison to other arthropods (a top speed of maybe 10 MPH), but nothing close 25 MPH; they make no noise; and they capture prey without the use of either venom or anesthetic. Camel spiders rely on speed, stealth, and the (non-venomous) bite of powerful jaws to feed on small prey such as other arthropods (e.g., scorpions, crickets, pillbugs), lizards, and possibly mice or birds. They use only three pairs of legs in running; the frontmost pair (called pedipalpa) is held aloft and used in a similar manner to the antennae of insects. Camel spiders shun the sun and generally hide during the day, coming out at night to do their hunting.

              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.).
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              • #8
                If I found that in my sleeping bag I'd go AWOL in a second.

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                • #9
                  Thats one big ass spider

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                  • #10
                    Even with the "controversy"....the nasty image is stuck in my head.
                    Will F.
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                    • #11
                      The spiders in the macro thread were enough for me... you'd need a wide angle to capture one of these bastards!
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                      • #12
                        That bug is kool!

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                        • #13
                          If thats a bug, then shoot me now!!!!!!! :P

                          -Pete
                          Pete Ganabathi
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                          • #14
                            Horrible monster bug,
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                            • #15
                              Not quite as bad as the bugs in the movie "Starship Troopers".
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