WHAT THE EF IS THIS THING

Okay, I know I’m the naturalist and all, but I just found this creature in my bathroom and almost fell over. Spiders don’t bother me, wasps don’t bother me, zombies don’t bother me, but THIS thing is somewhere in the middle of all that AND IT BOTHERS ME.

Edit: According to Dan Proud, intrepid invertebrate explorer, here’s what we’re looking at:

[These animals are incredible! They are arachnids, like spiders, but belong to the order Solifugae (formerly Solpugida). They are commonly called sun spiders, camel spiders, wind scorpions or sun scorpions. However, they are neither spiders nor scorpions!

There are many myths regarding the size and speed of these animals. They are quite fast for invertebrates but they tend to move in short bursts of speed and cannot sustain top speeds (roughly 10mph). There are only slightly more than 1000 species known, they are mainly nocturnal and most live in dry, arid desert or semi-desert environments, perhaps explaining why few people know of them.

You should definitely read more about them – here’s a good website: http://www.solpugid.com/Introduction.htm]

So there you have it. Still terrifying though.

Check out Dan’s awesome site here!

Posted on August 6, 2012, in Fauna and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. These animals are incredible! They are arachnids, like spiders, but belong to the order Solifugae (formerly Solpugida). They are commonly called sun spiders, camel spiders, wind scorpions or sun scorpions. However, they are neither spiders nor scorpions!

    There are many myths regarding the size and speed of these animals. They are quite fast for invertebrates but they tend to move in short bursts of speed and cannot sustain top speeds (roughly 10mph). There are only slightly more than 1000 species known, they are mainly nocturnal and most live in dry, arid desert or semi-desert environments, perhaps explaining why few people know of them.

    You should definitely read more about them – here’s a good website: http://www.solpugid.com/Introduction.htm
    Or check out the article on wikipedia.

  2. Haha, yes I could see how that might be a traumatic experience going after it without knowing what to expect!

  3. I’m with you. I know they’re completely harmless, and I normally work with rattlesnakes and all, but when I see one of these on my shoe in the night in some desert wash I scream like a little girl.

    • I’m not proud that I’m replying to your comment 6 months later, but it made me laugh out loud reading it again. The thought of a tough rattler wrangler screaming like a girl at an arachnid… awesome.

      • I live in Roosevelt, Utah and i have seen these in my house before and I HATE spiders and these things FREAK me out lol. My brother and I always just called them “evil creatures” and now that I know what they are really called……. I think i will still call them evil creatures lol

  4. I found an article about the bad ways egg-laying chickens are treated in the commercial industry. I think the writing is attributable to your site here; but I’m not sure. If so, thanks very much for your concern. It you are concerned about animal welfare in general, you might want to take a look of my fledgling website called Steve’s Animal Welfare Site. Perhaps you’d considerate me a candidate for your Righteously Cool Blogs list?

    You have a very nice site; most organized and pleasing to the eye.

    By the way, anything remotely looking like a spider, even from a distance, raises my pulse.

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