Camel Spider Galeodes caspius

Camel Spider
Camel Spider
The Camel Spider, also called Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, is not a true spider at all. It is more related to scorpions but looks more like a spider. It is a Solifuge. There are some 1000 species of Solifuge in over 150 genera and over most of the globe except Antartica/Australia. This one was in desert/scrub in the Amalty region of Kazakhstan.
Camel Spider
Camel Spider
Some 2 inches (5 cm) long, they are fast and do not make webs. While they seem to have 5 pairs of legs, one pair are not true legs but feelers (pedipalps). They have jaws like pincers with teeth but eat mainly other invertebrates and sometimes small lizards. Their bite, although painful, is not venomous or dangerous to humans.