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Camel Spiders: Behind an E-Mail Sensation From Iraq
for National Geographic News
June 29, 2004
This spring, an arachnophobe's biggest nightmare started to pop up in e-mail in-boxes.
A photo of two huge spiders, each the size of a man's calf, was accompanied by an alarming note. The sender said his or her friend—or friend of a friend—knew a soldier stationed in Iraq who had said that these spiders could inject a sleeping soldier with anesthetic, then chew out a chunk of flesh.
Creepy? Yes. But arachnid experts say it's a hoax.
Originally posted by DarkSide
it's not an insect
insects have 3 pairs of legs,that thing has 4 it's an arachnid
Originally posted by Thorfinn Skullsplitter
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
You wanna watch a cool bug, look at the scarab. If you tockle thier backs, they rear up on thier hind legs and wave thier four front ones at you as if trying to scare you.
Originally posted by Shugo
Didn't that kill a soldier when he was getting in his sleeping bag, the thing was burried inside of it? I could of sworn there was a story on that.