The Giant Camel Spider is a large species of arachnid, with most adult individuals averaging approximately 6 in (15 cm) in total length, including the legs. In actuality, the respective lengths of the legs of various species differ drastically, so the resulting figures are often misleading.
Most practical measurements of the Giant Camel Spider refer primarily to the body length, quoting leg lengths separately, if at all. The body length is usually about 3 in (7 cm). Many individuals are closer to 2 in (5 cm) in body length.
They are drawn to any source of shade and if a person or camel stands still, they will remain in the shadow. Despite their reputation, they pose no threat to larger creatures. They merely seek them as sources of shade and will move along with the human or animal to remain in their shade.
Giant Camel Spider Body
The body of a Giant Camel Spider has two principal components. The cephalothorax is the front section. The ten-segmented abdomen is the rear section.
The cephalothorax comprises the head, the mouthparts, and the sensory organs. Much like harvestmen, this animal lacks book lungs. Instead, they possess a well-developed tracheal system which takes in air through three pairs of slits on their underside.
Giant Camel Spider Legs
Among the most distinctive features of this spider are their large mandibles. In many species, those are longer than the body. Each of these forms a powerful pincer, much like that of a crab. The pincers of many are surprisingly strong.
The Giant Camel Spider is capable of shearing hair or feathers from vertebrate prey or carrion. They also can cut through skin and thin bones such as those of small birds. Many Camel Spiders vibrate their pincers, producing a rattling noise.
The Giant Camel Spider appears to have five pairs of legs but only the back four pairs actually are true legs. The front pair comprises the sensory organs of the Giant Camel Spider. These function principally as sense organs similar to those of the antennae of an insect. For the most part, only the posterior three pairs of legs are useful for running. They are capable of speeds of as much as 10 mph (16 kph)!