Giant Camel Spider Attacks – Soldiers Bring Home Monster?

One of the Mojave Desert’s most enduring urban legends is one of the giant camel spider, a ferocious monster who allegedly hitched a ride home in the packs or more likely, the shipping containers the military sent home from battlefields in the Middle East.

But exactly what IS a camel spider?

Some quick camel spider facts:

Well, it’s a creature that is neither “fish nor fowl”, meaning, it sits in its own niche somewhere between a scorpion and a spider. The official term is “Solifugae” and it’s one ugly little customer.

Usually found between 1 and 5 inches in length, this fierce little hunter usually contents itself with eating insects, but some of the larger specimens are known to east small reptiles and even rodents! And with its fierce set of huge jaws and fangs, when the camel spider attacks it makes short work of any prey unlucky enough to fall into its grasp.

But do they attack humans? And did they attack our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan?

It’s a Mojave Desert mystery worth examining….

Here are some interesting facts about these nightmarish little desert monsters that might interest you…

Are camel spiders poisonous?

So far none that have a poisonous bite or venom have yet to be documented. Some have claimed that they have experienced reactions to the bite of a camel spider, or lost pets to the creatures, but so far this seems to be more urban legend than truth.

Do camel spiders scream?

I had never heard this one until I started researching the various urban legends and tales told about them, but this one too seems to be a bit of a myth – although hearing a spider “scream” might just be one of the more terrifying things one might encounter in the Mojave Desert!

How did it get it’s name?

Supposedly in the Middle East, the larger ones would run up to a camel, rip open its belly with their giant fangs, thereby disemboweling the poor animal – then feast on its body when it collapsed to the ground. Nice, huh?

What are some of the other names for the camel spider?

In the Mojave Desert they are most often called “sun spiders” or “wind scorpions”. Colorful, but factually incorrect as they are neither a spider OR a scorpion.

Do giant camel spiders exist?

While there are surely some very large (and in some cases, yet undocumented species out there) nothing along the lines of some of the most outlandish and frankly, horrifying, accounts that have been circulating on the Net. But who knows?

Would YOU want to suffer the attack of a giant camel spider?

NOT ME!

Any tips to help avoid a camel spider attack?

Well, don’t be too worried about an actual attack (unless you’re an insect, small reptile or rodent – or the incredible shrinking man) but one thing I can tell you from personal experience is ALWAYS shake out your gear (sleeping bag, pack, shoes) before returning from the desert. The three times I have had a sun spider in my house was when it hitched a ride home in my backpack, was hiding in some dirty laundry in the garage, or decided to chase some beetles in off the back porch when I left the door open to the backyard for longer than I should have.

And yes, I’ve had them run up my leg when standing near the fire while out camping, although to be fair, once they realized they were on a living human and not some rock or cactus – they skittered down and ran off faster than I could react.

Thank GAWD!

Cheers all!

PS – you might want to check out my Mojave Mysteries article and episode on another creepy giant spider encounter in the Mojave too!

The Mystery Beast of Arizona – Blood-Thirsty Creature Tracked And Shot!

Many times reports of strange and mysterious creatures are brought forward by people, but we never get to actually see the beast or find out what the damn thing actually was…

..Till now!

In this thrilling, and somewhat bloody, tale of terror Author M.L. Behrman brings you the amazing story of an animal that held sway over a section of the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona until brought down by the bullet of a mighty hunter!

One of the most exciting tales, creepy or otherwise, ever to come out of the vast and rugged deserts of the American Southwest.

Many people have remarked that this Mojave desert mystery reminded them of another famous tale – that of the “Ghost and the Darkness”, a couple of man-eating lions that plagued the workers building a railroad in East Africa back in 1896. (did you also know that a recent article about the killer lions discovered the reason they ate humans?)

The fact that the creature in Arizona took so long to track down and kill, after many had tried – and what the thing turned out to be – has always made this case one of the most intriguing I’ve ever studied. And the man responsible was also one of the bravest people I think I’ve ever read about.

Did he get the right animal? Or is there yet still a huge creature lurking in the hills of Arizona waiting to strike once again?

Enjoy!

Nevada Alien – Strange Encounter in The Mountains

Prospecting on another man’s claim can be a risky business, as this claim-jumper found out while looking for gold in the remote mountains outside of Searchlight, NV.

But it wasn’t the owner or local sheriff that had the man terrified, it was something quite out of this world.

UFO? Alien?

You be the judge in this spooky tale from Mojave Mysteries Author M.L. Behrman

A true creepy story and one of the Mojave desert’s more obscure mysteries, this tale is relatively unknown within established UFO and flying saucer circles. If not for a chance encounter with the man who actually saw the alien (or what ever it was) the whole terrifying tale would have remained lost to the world.

But was the creature (or alien) actually “guarding” the location? Or was there another motive altogether? Either way, it makes for an exciting mystery from the vast and remote Mojave Desert.

They say crime doesn’t pay, especially if you have creatures from another world watching your goods!

Needles, California 2008 UFO Crash

It seems when it comes to UFOs coming down, the desert is the favorite place to crash land. And in 2008, in the small Mojave Desert town of Needles, California, we have an incident that contains all the elements of your classic “crashed UFO” story – a mysterious object that falls from the sky, black helicopters allegedly from Area 51 and of course, those mavens of mischief – the infamous Men In Black….

Join Author M.L. Behrman as he tells the story…

Now, to be sure, many serious researchers and authors have studied this case, and it definitely makes one wonder … but what actually fell from the skies that night? And WHO was behind it?

Some Mojave desert mysteries are more urban legend than fact, but this one is a truly puzzling bit of flying saucer or UFO crash lore – something DID come down, there are enough witnesses and television news casts to attest to that – but what?

A real mystery to be sure!