Camel spider

Camel spider Introduction

The Camel spider lives in the Middle East, Mexico, and the southwestern area of the United States. They live in dry climates like deserts and scrublands. This animal is a carnivore that eats rodents, small birds, insects, and lizards. The bite of this creature is very painful to humans. A Camel spider is tan and dark brown in colour with small hairs on its body. The fine hairs on the body of a Camel spider help to insulate it from the desert heat. The coloration of a Camel spider helps it to blend into the dry, hot environment around them. This can help it stay clear of predators. While it has eight legs, some people mistakenly think it has ten because camel spiders have two long pedipalps (a second pair of appendages) near their mouths. They use these to find and pull in their prey.

Keywords to learn

Insulate: Protect (something) by interposing material that prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound


Key Data

  • Order:
    Opisthopora.
  • Lifespan:
    Up to 6 years.
  • Class:
    Clitellata.
  • Scientific Name:
    Lumbricus terrestris.
  • Mass:
    Up to 0.39 ounces.
  • Length:
    Up to 14 inches.
  • Region found:
    Worldwide.
  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
    Stable.
  • Diet:
    Carnivorous.
  • Sexual maturity:
    No data.

 

The camel spider lives in the Middle East, Mexico, and the southwestern area of the United States. They live in dry climates like deserts and scrublands. This animal is a carnivore that eats rodents, small birds, insects, and lizards. The bite of this creature is very painful to humans.

 

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Camel spider Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Camel spiders became an Internet sensation during the Iraq war of 2003, when rumors of their bloodthirsty nature began to circulate online.
  • # 2. For many years, Middle Eastern rumors have painted camel spiders as large, venomous predators, as fast as a running human, with a voracious appetite for large mammals.
  • # 3. These creatures do not actually eat camels’ stomachs or sleeping soldiers, and they are not so large—but the real camel spider is still an amazing predator.
  • # 4. Camel spiders are not deadly to humans (though their bite is painful), but they are vicious predators that can visit death upon insects, rodents, lizards, and small birds.
  • # 5.  Their top speed is estimated at 10 miles per hour.

Q&A Corner

# 1. What region does the camel spider live in?

 

# 2. What is the average lifespan of the Camel spider?

 

# 3. What is the diet of the Camel spider?

 

# 4.  Name two things the camel spider eats.

 

# 5. What is top speed of the camel spider? 

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