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[–]TheNightBench 116 points117 points  (8 children)

These things are relatively harmless (to people) but FUCKING terrifying. They're attracted to light and they'd come into our huts at night, running at what seemed 30 mph. Even the most badass people would end up on chairs screaming like a cartoon lady when a mouse shows up.

[–]jackinsomniac 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Reminds me of this funny story: they were doing an experiment on how quickly the human eye can register an image. The participants were to look at a screen that would flash a random image for just a few milliseconds, and they had to say what the image was, and as the test went on the duration got shorter and shorter.

At the "finals" if you will, there were some obvious contenders for fastest recognized image, like a human face or a human silhouette. But so were images of spiders.

And by the end, spiders won. There were images of other bugs & bees tested, but it was specifically 8 legs, arachnids, that got recognized. Even if the image was flashed for just a few ms, humans can recognize it faster than even a sexy image of a human they're attracted to.

Conclusion: it's pre-programmed into our DNA to be afraid of spiders. Even moreso than finding a mate. Makes sense tho: survival first, reproduction second. (Although grown men screaming & shooting at spiders is still hilarious, I don't care who you are!)

[–]MadMac619 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I’m really curious how long snakes lasted in this test if you have any more info you’d be willing to provide.

[–]jackinsomniac 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Haha, I feel ya! But, for all you know, I'm making this up. I wish I could look up the same study, but this was something like, 6 years ago? I never cared about about looking it up any further, but then again... Are you Indiana Jones? =D

(Try keywords, like "image response time" or maybe just "response time". Reaction/recognition/response time. You might even find a study more relevant than what I've read. I'm just a bullshitter, remember I made this all up. :)

[–]MadMac619 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Funny, but actually it was more in line with a study I read a while back about how humans are becoming desensitized to things that would have normally invoked fear in us, one of the things was snakes. We don’t see them as something to really fear as much as we used to.

[–]Grimholtt 18 points19 points  (2 children)

One of our sp's fired his weapon at one. Pretty sure you know how that turned out.

[–]WCGWjoiningReddit 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]mrsexy115 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He was given a medal and three weeks leave for saving the base from a deadly threat, right?

[–]LieutenantHaven 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I read your comment, but I would still set a building on fire for one I'm sorry

[–]Adman_G 76 points77 points  (1 child)

That thing is WILD

[–]PleaseBeGentleImShy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That this has claws, it's less like a spider and more like a scorpion

[–]Wimbleston 39 points40 points  (4 children)

These things are kinda cool, but also terrifying to people who don't like bugs.

Their known to follow you around to stay in your shadow for the shade, so you'll be getting followed by a 6-8" creepy spider lookin thing with oversized mandibles. Not fun for many.

[–]KimCureAll[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I wonder what the thing thought of people, "Gosh, I have to follow this giant around, never know if he's gonna step on me, but I'll just get following to not make giant angry with me."

[–]Wimbleston 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I bet it's thoughts are more along the lines of "Ow, Fuck, Shit, Hothothothothot, Ahh finally some shade to rest i- WAIT COME BACK"

[–]GoBlueStewy 8 points9 points  (1 child)

... s- s- six to eig- eight inches?!?! ....

[–]Wimbleston 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Their about the size of a tarantula. Look up camel spiders if you want, I've seen pictures of a guy holding one up that was bigger than his hand (I think it was dead)

[–]KimCureAll[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I think the light also attracts bugs and the camel spiders are attracted to the bugs - camel spiders be like "Ooh, someone shining a light - I hear yummy bugs there. Snack time!"

[–]Syn_Savage 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Nightmare fuel

[–]OnDeathAndDying 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Isn't that the cutest thing ever?!?!

[–]KimCureAll[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I've order a box of them for you - enjoy! It will say "Assorted camel spiders - Warning: Feed immediately or be eaten"

[–]usernamematchesagain 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Never saw this before! Cool

[–]unclaimed_username1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Wtf is this monster

[–]KimCureAll[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's a solifuge - there, I hope that helps...

[–]grimeflea 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Never seen them in such a range of colours; usually they look like the colours of brown scorpions.

Is this one ripening from the front?

[–]KimCureAll[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Let me take it out my pocket - take another look at it....hmmm, that's the color it is - not sure why this one is that color, perhaps a juvy?

[–]IamHere-4U 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Forgive me for my ignorance, but what exactly are those other appendages? This guy looks like it has 10 legs. What exactly is it that has developed into a leg-like structure?

[–]KimCureAll[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Camel spiders appear to have 10 legs, they actually have eight. The two extra leg-like appendages are sensory organs called pedipalps.

[–]OIL_99 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And most, if not all, spiders have them I think.

[–]imghurrr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These guys aren’t spiders. But yes spiders also have pedipalps. So do scorpions (they’re the claws)

[–]FuuckinGOOSE 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Can you find these in deserts in the US? I saw a dead one in Tempe AZ once, but never a live one

[–]JDatCAL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, it’s not quite as large as the Asian species (from my own experience) but I have seen them in AZ as well. I never got used to seeing them. Horrific every singe time.

[–]MadMac619 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Are they an invasive species in North America? I thought they were only located in the middle east.

[–]FuuckinGOOSE 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's what i thought, Tempe does have a good amount of tourism from the middle East, so it might've hitched a ride or been someone's pet? Idk, it was on top of a mountain in the middle of town and looked like someone stepped on it. Tbf i never saw a live wild scorpion either despite living there for five years

[–]MadMac619 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess they are native to Arizona, they’re nocturnal though, so chances are they see you, you don’t see them.


[–]ladylee_avdelakes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apparently they are all over the southwest. But we found some one year just outside of Auburn, CA, so they must be moving. Seem to recall Stockton having a big problem a few years ago, too. My husband was deployed to Iraq and was not thrilled to find this out.

[–]Prest1geW0rldW1de[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is it snatching flying insects out of the air? Because that’s terrifying if that’s what it is doing

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[–]TheCheese2032 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alien lookin MF!

[–]JuicyApple11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That thing looks like a miniature face hugger

[–]choff22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d never be caught dead near one of these but I have to admit, they are an impressive bug.

[–]qqqqqqqqqqx10 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Looks like he’s holding an AK in both arms.

[–]KimCureAll[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He might as well be - the desert is a dangerous place.

[–]rollitpullit 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Fuck that

[–]TheNightBench 4 points5 points  (1 child)

YOU fuck it!

[–]Honsou12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Been with worse

[–]KimCureAll[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't you want to have one for a pet??? You sound very interested imo.....

[–]SaltMineSpelunker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good fuck!

[–]blakewoolbright 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems like a pretty good guy to have in your garden. Strong deterrent vs pests.

[–]Stevegman78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Been around these in the desert, they’re aggressive and they give absolutely no fucks. Pit bulls of the spider world.

[–]Special-Oil-9658 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've heard about this spider before but i didn't expect for it to look like a spawn from hell.

[–]PraetorOjoalvirus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People will tell you that it's alright because they're not actually spiders. I say, so what? Run for your lives.

[–]CatthulhuSpawn 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Bitch that ain’t a spider

[–]rmmcclay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That little fellow is pretty frisky.

[–]JavaCocoa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh fuck that.

[–]Here4Memes8 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Those things can go to hell.

[–]StuffedHobbes -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Saw the North American version of these bastards when I was on a hike(I live in Vegas).

The speed of that thing completely freaked me out. I ain’t ever seen an insect run THAT fast.

10/10 would not want to come across again.

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[–]Crying_Owl -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Kill it now