Camel spiders are venomous spiders type that can even chew on people, especially when they are asleep. The venom that enters the body during this process makes the bite area numb and the bite victim cannot feel anything at all. However, the venom is not deadly but there is no doubt that camel spider bites are extremely painful in nature.
How to Identify a Camel Spider?
Since there are many types of spiders in nature, one thing that you should definitely know is how to distinguish between the camel spider and other types of spiders. The color of the camel spider ranges from beige to brown or even light gray in many cases. The species of camel spider decides on their length. The large jaws of a camel spider differentiate them from others. Their jaws are paired like that of a pliers tool. This helps them catch their prey better and crush them in a sawing motion, finally pulping down the prey.
The camel spider belongs to arachnid category and specifically solifugids type of arachnid. The simple definition of solifugids is ‘those who run from the sun’. Some researchers say, that camel spiders look more like a scorpion.The table below will help you understand the differences between a camel spider, a normal spider and a scorpion:
|Legs||Eight legs plus two false legs||Eight Legs||Eight legs
|Body Segments||Two- Head and abdomen||Two- Head and abdomen||Three- head, curved tail and body
|Ways of Eating||Mice, small desert insects, bite their prey and bite chunks of their flesh||Inject fluid inside their prey and then sip the liquefied flesh||Inject fluid, digest their prey outside their body partially and also sip the liquefied flesh
Length: 6-8 inches
|Range of Colors|
Range of Sizes
|They glow when ultra violet rays fall on them.|
|Habitat||Deserts||All Types of Habitats||Deserts
|Toxicity Levels||No Venom||Have venom, some spiders have to an extent of harming humans||Have venom, some scorpions to an extent to harm humans.
The Place Where Camel Spider Resides
Arid and warm areas are where camel spiders can be found. This is especially true for deserts. Also, according to various researches, it has been proved that they do not like sunlight and live under the rocks or debris. Some of them even bury themselves within the soil to prevent sunlight exposure. You will find these species of spiders to be more active during the night time.
Symptoms of a Camel Spider Bite
There are many signs and symptoms that help us understand and differentiate between a normal spider bite and a camel spider bite. The signs & symptoms mentioned here will help you identify what exactly you want and then work accordingly to get the right treatment and remedies. Keep reading to know more about the symptoms of a camel spider bite:
- Feeling of Intense Pain :- One of the most common symptoms that come with a camel spider bite or not is the intensity of pain. In the case of camel spider bite, the pain is intense which is because of their pliers form of jaws.
- Swelling in the Area :- Another expected symptom of a camel spider bite is swelling.. The bite causes a high level of trauma in the surrounding tissues of the skin. This is basically the body’s inflammatory response to the bite but is also one of the signs that you must watch out for.
- Bleeding in the Area :- When it comes to a camel spider bite, you can see bleeding in the bite area. This can range anywhere from mild bleeding to intense, depending upon the size of the camel spider that has bitten you.
These are some of the well known symptoms of a camel spider bite. However, the signs can differ from person to person on the grounds of allergic reactions.
Some Pictures of Camel Spider Bite
Camel Spider Bite Infection Picture
Treatment to Cure Camel Spider Bite
Once we are sure about the fact that a camel spider has bitten one of our body areas, the next thing we need to follow is the right way of treatment and first aid for the same. Though, there is a particular time period which the bite will take to heal itself, there are remedies and proper treatment procedures that can help you fasten the process.
Since the camel spider bite is not venomous, it can be healed in the same way as regards bites by other spiders or insects. However, one of the major things that you need to take care of is infection. Ensure that you do not catch any sort of bacterial infection during the course of healing of the wound. The treatment does not include emergency or immediate cure, but you can follow the steps given below:
- Washing the Bite :- Use either saline water (water mixed with salt) or a mix of water and mild soap to wash the bitten area. The bacteria that the venom has can be removed with this process. This makes it extremely important to clean the area well and thoroughly. This will keep the infection away and will also help you get best results with other treatments.
- Pat it Dry :- Once the cleansing is done, the next step is patting it dry with a clean towel. This is another essential thing to follow.
- Use Antibiotic :- An antibiotic ointment comes very handy in such cases. One needs to apply this ointment well on the affected area.
- Application of a Bandage :- We need to avoid any dirt or bacteria into the bite. For the very same purpose, it is essential to cover the bite with a clean bandage. The size of the bandage will depend on the area that is affected with the bite.
- Keep it under Observation :- Make sure you keep checking on the bite from time to time. Also, keep changing the bandage at least 2-3 times in a day. This will again ensure faster recovery.
- Get a Tetanus Shot :- An extra mile would never hurt. If you want to be on the safer side and avoid any kind of infection, then the best thing to do is to get a tetanus shot.
- Seek Professional Help :- In a case the bite does not appear to heal on its own, is causing a lot of pain, bleeding or getting infected, then there is nothing better than getting medical help. Visit a doctor as soon as possible.
For the complete healing of a camel spider bite: 1-2 weeks are required (it should be uncomplicated and free from infections)
Facts to Know about Camel Spider Bites
- Camel Spiders are not known to attack humans or for that matter any creature that are bigger in size compared to them.
- Normally, they end up biting humans in search of shady areas. This is especially true in desert areas where humans are quite a big option for shadows.
- The name Camel Spider comes from the fact that they are quite a common scene near camels which provide them the shade they want in desert areas.
- The fact that camel spider bite is highly venomous is not true.
- There is no serious reason to be threatened from a camel spider or its bite.
How to Keep Away from Camel Spiders and Prevent Their Bites
There is no doubt that people who reside in desert areas are prone to camel spider bites. To avoid or prevent the camel spiders and their bites there are some methods that can be adopted. The tips mentioned below will give you the right outcomes:
- Keep Away from Its Food :- Keep away from all possible preys of a camel spider. This is one of the common reasons why camel spiders come into your vicinity. Keep the area around you clean of small insects and bugs. Also, stay away from termites.
- Protection of your Food :- Do not leave your food in the open! Open food may attract insects and this in turn may attract the camel spiders to prey on your food. Protective containers are highly advisable for keeping the food protected and safe from insects and spiders.
- Regulation of the Shadows :- As read earlier, camel spiders love shady places. Shadows therefore, can attract camel spiders easily. While travelling in a desert, avoid creating large shadows that can easily lure camel spiders to approach you.
Some Caution Facts
- Do not insect spray on a camel spider. The fact being, they are completely resilient to it and it might only frustrate them.
- Camel Spiders cannot be trained as domestic animals as they are creatures that belong to the wild.
- Do not leave your sleeping bags, shoes and backpacks out in the open as it provides a good shady area for them to breed.
Watch out for full Documentary video by National Geographic on Camel Spider
This is a complete guide of what all you should be aware of when it comes to camel spiders and their bites. Make sure you look in for the symptoms and treatment whenever in need.