During the gulf war, and the invasion to Irak, many marines described a terrible spiderlike creature, of the size of a big plate, able to run as fast as a human, jump up to 4 feet in the air, eat the stomach of camels, an even put some kind of anesthesia in people while taking pieces of flesh from them…unfortunately for them…this are all myths.

Also known as Sun Spider, Camel Spider or Solifugae (their scientific name), these creatures are familiar to spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites. They live in deserts in north america and the middle east, where they lay burrowed during most of the day, for after waking up in the night to hunt preys like insects, lizards, mouses, and even spiders and scorpions.

Wind scorpions can be up to 8 inches long and can run up to 10 kilometers/hour, which is really fast for an animal of this size. They possess one of the bigger jaws in the animal kingdom, (compared to their bodies) which are not poisonous, but can do a painful bite which in most cases could become infested quickly. What maybe had really scared the marines, was the fact that these arachnids seek for shadows, so when they saw a human in the desert they started following their shadows for escaping from the sun.

So, if you go out to unknown places, be careful about the elements and the wildlife, but also, about your own imagination.

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