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Arizona
We live near the Colorado River in Arizona. We recently moved in to a new apartment on the edge of town -- great view, little noise, really nice place.  The one drawback we found out about tonight. We have a 7 month old and went out to dinner to celebrate his first day of sitting up on his own. He had his first taste of applesauce (kids been living on refried beans). We had fun, came home and the little guy was out cold. We put him to bed, came out to the living room and my wife went into the kitchen to get a drink and screamed. I don't mean she squeeled like a girl. I don't even mean she screamed like some B movie actress giving her best blood curtler.  I mean she made a sound that was like what you would expect to hear from someone facing eminent death. I came running the the kitchen and saw... one of these things in my kitchen. I killed it with a shoe - it never moved a muscle. To give a sense of size - its torso and head was roughly 2.5 inches long, but with its incredibly long and hairy legs its full length was closer to 5-6 inches long. Heck, the pincers on the thing (I did a rough dissection with a steak knife) were all of 1/4 to 1/3 inch in length. As I brought the shoe down to kill it I saw the pincers extend and it died with one set fully extended. We will be moving next month.

California
During my first year of college, my buddy and I went camping in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea. Hot days, cold nights. At night, creatures would crawl out on the back roads to take advantage of the lingering warmth. We would cruise these roads after dark, looking for specimens to study. We had already collected a sidewinder, various lizards (including an adorable banded gecko), miscellaneous bugs, and a scorpion, when I spotted what I thought was another scorpion in the headlights. Scorpions are easy to collect. Just stomp on the road in front of them; they will raise their pincers and tail menacingly and freeze. Set a coffee can in front of them and scoop them into it with the lid, and you're done. This one didn't have a tail or pincers, but I assumed it would behave the same way. Wrong! Instead of assuming a defensive posture, it turned and attacked my shoe. Latching on, it wouldn't let go. Scared the willies out of me! No way we were going to get it into that little can without its cooperation, so I started screaming "Get the big can! Get the big can!" at my friend while hopping on one foot, with that thing clinging to the other one. Finally, we got my foot positioned over the big coffee can, knocked it in, and closed the lid. The next day, when we went to examine the beast, we found that the can had not been empty. Along with that hideous creature, we found the remains of a half-eaten baby fence lizard. Poor thing! Dave G.


Afghanistan
This is my experience w/ these damn monsters they call spiders. I was stationed at Bagram Airbase w/ an MP company in Afghanistan in 2003-2004, while walking back from the MWR minding my own business daydreaming when I would be going home, I encountered a camel spider, had to have been at least 5 inches big, not including the legs, was walking beside me this scared the hell out of me and I broke into a trot. Well, there and behold, this thing still next to me which scared me even more, but was even more scarier was when it tried to jump onto my leg. I screamed like a little girl ( I AM A 5'10, 180 LBS. MAN) and took off running as fast I could trying to get away from this damn thing, it kept jumping on my leg and I would kick it off, it would jump back on my leg and again I would kick it off this went on for a few moments but it felt like forever ( I thought I was going to have a heart attack) I wanted to shoot it but thought that if I missed it I would really piss this thing off so I didn't. I kept running. I eventually got away from it and will never forget that nightmare, it'll haunt me forever. That encounter w/ the spider was worse then when I had a scorpion crawl up onto my foot while wearing shower shoes ( flip flops). Enjoy SGT. S.

Ethiopia
Hi! Filming in Ethiopia in the 70's, we came across some ugly looking brutes that were similar to the camel spiders. Called solifugae they raced everywhere and could clear diners out of a restaurant in short time! They munched anything they could get, and held large grasshoppers like sweet corn and reduced them to nothing very fast. I'll see if I can find some stills, but these guys look related!!!!!!!! Regards, D.H. in the UK


Mojave Desert
I lived in Ft. Irwin which is right outside Barstow in the middle of the Mojave Desert, we had MANY of these creepy things running around. They were ALWAYS on my porch and a few times when I went to go outside the creepy things would get on their back haunches and hiss at me!!! A couple of times after hissing at me they chased me into my house...lol. I know it wasn't because I was providing shade cause there was more of that on the porch. Also, a girl I knew got bit by one and she had this weird taste in her mouth for a day or two after that, she said it was almost vinegary.

Iraq
I was in Iraq in 2003-2004 and had several experiences with these enormous, terrifying creatures. In my time in the military I've seen a lot of interesting bugs, but camel spiders are by far the worst. Never before have I been chased by a bug and actually ran screaming. I'm supposed to be a tough as nails infantryman who has already made it through the invasion of Iraq and this thing scared the crap out of me. I was walking around our extremely small FOB (Forward Operating Base) in Haditha, Iraq in my flip-flops and PTs when my buddy waved me over. He had spotted a camel spider and wanted me to share in his adventure. We walked up to it slowly, being careful not to disturb it. The CS (Camel Spider) was about five inches in length and cruising around in the sand. After watching it for about a minute I decided to see what it would do if I threw a rock at it. Bad Idea! As soon as

the rock landed the CS shot after us faster than anything bug I had ever seen. We both screamed and took off running. I jumped onto a nearby Bradley and the CS sped off into the night. I didn't try to find it. Another time I was on guard during the day on a road near this large field and I saw a huge one running away from me. This one was probably at least 8 inches long. It was enormous. I ran and grabbed something to catch this monster with but in the 15 seconds it took me to grab something it had disappeared. As far as I've seen, all the rumors are true. These things are extremely aggressive, fast, dangerous and, yes, they jump. They have no fear and attack humans! Try to step on one and miss and they might just jump after you! P.S. This is a great website. I've really enjoyed all the stories. Thanks



Sudan
Whilst serving with 3 Para on a weapons sales pitch in the Sudan in 1975/6 i had a run in with the mother of all camel spiders. We were clearing an area of desert scrub just outside Khartoum for a game of football, i was using the standard brit ish army trenching shovel, diggin a large clump of grass up when to my surprise this monster came at me with its gnashers chompin. my immediate reaction was leg it !, then i thought Christ its a spider kill it, so introduced it to my shovel with a smack that would have felled a bison. result one dizzy spider stumbling away shaking its mandibles. "camel spiders there tough mothers".


Kuwait
My son is in Kuwait right now. He called us two days ago. He told us that he was chased out of the bath room by one of these. He gave all the other soldiers a good show because he came out with his pants around his ankles and his gun in hand. He said with the legs it was about the size of a steering wheel.


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