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camel Spider

I live in Yuma, AZ, we live on 5 acres pretty much in the middle of the desert. My pest control was out yesterday and said that he found a camel spider. He showed it to us, it was scary!! I can not find any info on these. Can they harm my animals or kids. Thank you for any help. Tina

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

Camel spiders are more technically known as windscorpions. They're neither spiders nor scorpions; they are in a different arachnid order. Yes, they are scary looking and fast; but, unlike spiders and scorpions, they're not venomous. They do have powerful jaws and can inflict painful bites, but they will not do so unless picked up. There's a wonderful article on them in a recent issue of National Geographic.

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