fact about camel spider
- Camel spider can reach 5 to 6 inches in length and up to 2 ounces of weight. Males are smaller than females, but have longer legs.
2.Camel spider has tan, brown or reddish brown, hairy body.
3.Camel spider has elongated jaws (called chelicerae), 4 pair of long legs and one pair of leg-like sensory organs (called pedipalps) near the jaw.
4.Despite its name, camel spider is not a spider. It is actually a solifuge. Unlike spiders, solifuges do not produce venom and silk.
5.Camel spider is also known as "wind scorpion" because of its scorpion-like body and ability to "run like a wind".
6.Camel spider is nocturnal animal (active during the night). It hides in the shade and burrows in the sand during the day.
7.Camel spider is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on insects, lizards, frogs, birds, snakes and rodents.
8.Camel spider chops its victim into small pieces and uses digestive enzymes to turn them into liquid. It becomes swollen and unable to walk after the large meal.
9.Chelicerae have horny ridges on the inner side. By rubbing them together, camel spider can produce rattling noise.
10.Camel spider breathes via tracheal system which consists of set of tubes that exchange gases with atmosphere via three pairs of slits on the ventral side of the body.