CAMEL SPIDER (solifuge) ©posted by Elmo86
While solifuges appear to have ten legs, they have eight legs; the first set of appendages are pedipalps, function as sense organs similar to insects’ antennae and give the appearance of an extra pair of legs.
Debunking Urban Legends:
- They are not especially large, the biggest having a leg span of perhaps 12 centimetres (4.7 in).
- They are fast on land compared to other invertebrates. The fastest can run perhaps 16 km/h (10 mph) for a short distance, nearly half as fast as the fastest human sprinter.
- Members of this order of Arachnida apparently have no venom, with the possible exception of one species in India and do not spin webs.
- In the Middle East, that Solifugae will feed on living human flesh. The story goes that the creature will inject some anaesthetising venom into the exposed skin of its sleeping victim, then feed voraciously, leaving the victim to awaken with a gaping wound. Solifugae, however, do not produce such an anaesthetic, and they do not attack prey larger than themselves unless threatened.
- Other stories include tales of them leaping into the air, disemboweling camels, screaming, and running alongside moving humvees; all of these tales are false.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae
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