Common Name and Latin Name
Common Name (s): Camel Spider, Wind Scorpion,
Jerrymuglum, Sun Scorpion, Sand Spider and Sun Spider.
Latin Name: Solifugae.
What do Camel Spiders eat? What is its prey?
Camel Spiders feed mostly on:
- Smaller insects
- They will take on a scorpion or other
arthropods found in the desert
- They also
rarely hunt for prey bigger than
Camel Spider identification - what do they look like?
Camel spiders are normally beige or brown in
colour, they have very hairy legs and body. Male Camel
spiders are normally smaller than females but have
Are Camel Spiders poisonous?
All types (except Uloboridae) are poisonous! They are
not deadly to people but if you were to be bitten, you
should seek medical help. You are more likely to get an
infection from a bite.
How big are Camel Spiders?
A Camel Spider can range in size from 5 to 6 inches in
Where do Camel Spiders live, what are their habitats?
These spiders can be found in warm and arid habitats,
excluding Australia, they live in virtually all deserts
in both the Easter and western Hemispheres. A few
species have been found and known to live in grassland
and forest habitats.
What is the average life span for Camel Spiders?
Camel spiders live on average for less than a year
in the wild.
Do Camel Spiders have good eyesight?
Generally speaking this spider has very poor
eyesight and relies on vibrations.
Facts and Information about
Did you know the following facts
about the arachnids commonly known as the Camel Spider?
- Fact One - There have bin many stories about them being very
big and dangerous to people when in fact they are not.
- Fact Two - They appear to chase people, they do, but not to
attack, they are actually after the shade a person creates.
- Fact Three - Myth, they can run at 30 MPH, the maximum they
can run is about 10 MPH, still pretty respectable.
- Fact Four - Apparently they have this name as they eat camel
stomachs, also untrue.
Classification of the Camel Spider
Species of spiders are classified according to shared
physical characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science
of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms
in a hierarchical system. This method of classification
helps when a descriptionof 40,000 spiders is required!
The organization of living things have seven major
categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family,
Genus, Species. The classification of Camel Spiders
are as follows:
(Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into
which organisms are grouped; one of five biological
categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or
(Phyla are groups of classes. A series of animals or
plants genetically connected with shared
characteristics. The second biggest grouping in
taxonomy. Arthropoda are jointed-foot invertebrates:
arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc
A Class are taxonomic group containing one or more
orders. Arachnid consist of any of the
eight-legged creatures, including spiders and scorpions,
of the class Arachnida
A taxonomic order, within the class Arachnida (spiders)
The Subclass is nother taxonomic category below a class
and above an order which helps in the classification
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a
genus which helps in the classification process.
Another taxonomic category below a family and above
the level of species which helps in the classification
Species: Carnivorous or omnivorous
Species are taxonomic group whose members can
Spider Exterminators - Pest Control
Generally speaking, people do not like spiders
especially Camel spiders and most of all, do not want
them in their homes! There are many forms of pest
control and ways to exterminate spiders such as Camel
spiders. There are spider exterminators, services,
spider zappers, spider traps, spider repeller, spider
catchers, spider traps for the removal and extermination
process. Advice is available on subjects such as pest
controls, pest prevention, spider catchers, spider
exterminators and how to kill spiders like Camel
spiders. Some people would like to eliminate spiders
from there homes completely, this can be very difficult
as an open window on a summers day will allow spiders
in, even opening your front door when entering and
leaving will allow pesky spiders in. It is very easy to
get rid of Camel spiders by catching them yourself. Its
best not to kill spiders as they are very important in
controlling the level of other insects that are pests.