There are more than 150 genera and more than 1,000 species of solifuges, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).The taxonomy of camel spiders is: According to the BBC, though camel spiders appear to have 10 legs, they actually have eight.“Camel spiders, which are arachnids, but not spiders, are definitely unique little critters,” said entomologist Christy Bills, invertebrate collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History.“Unfortunately, some people assign them fierce characteristics because of their appearance.They do not disembowel camels, jump in the air nor run after humans. In captivity, they are quite the divas and require princess-like accommodations to be kept alive.” Camel spiders belong to the class Arachnida, but while all spiders are arachnids, not all arachnids are spiders.

While these creatures are undoubtedly large, they are by no means half the size of a human and in the habit of dining on camel stomachs and sleeping soldiers.Some common myths about it are: Camel spiders run after humans: Camel spiders don’t want you; they want your shade.According to the NSF, when a person runs, the camel spider will chase the shadow.“Their heads come to a point, which is interesting,”Bills said.“It’s where their chelicerae meet.” Chelicerae are essentially jaws, used to catch prey.Despite their reputation and frightening appearance, they are of negligible threat to humans. According to National Geographic, camel spiders “utilize digestive fluids to liquefy their victims' flesh, making it easy to suck the remains into their stomachs.” “They are fast runners and adapted to desert living,” Bills said. Unlike spiders, camel spiders breathe with a trachea, which allows for fast oxygen intake and helps them move quickly.

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