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Camel Spiders

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     challenging words:    arthropod, palps, pedipalps, scorpion, solpugid, mainly, nocturnal, poisonous, common, camel, sticking, deserts, liquid, spider, painful, giant
     content words:    Middle East


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Camel Spiders
By Sheri Skelton
  

1     Camel spider is the common name for a solpugid. It isn't really a spider. It's an arthropod. It's related to a scorpion, but it doesn't sting. Camel spiders are also called sun spiders, sun scorpions, and wind scorpions.
 
2     Camel spiders have four pairs of legs. They use only six of their legs for running. They can run very fast. Camel spiders also have what look like two more legs sticking out in front. These extra "legs" are long and sturdy. They are called pedipalps or palps. The camel spider uses its palps like feelers to notice what's going on in front of it. Sometimes it uses the palps to catch its prey.
 
3     Camel spiders live in warm, dry places. They inhabit deserts all over the world. Camel spiders do not spin webs. These spiders are mainly nocturnal carnivores. This means they hunt for meat at night. Camel spiders eat insects, rodents, lizards, and small birds. The spiders have very strong jaws. They grab their prey. Then they use their powerful jaws to crush the prey and chop it up. They use special fluids to make the food softer and more liquid. This makes it easier for the spiders to eat their victims.

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