What IS it??
Location: Polokwane, South Africa
December 21, 2011 3:29 pm
This was in our house. Ran quickly. Looks like a huge ant but has 8 legs like a spider.
This is a species of Solifugid, a member of the Arachnid order Solifugae. Though they are related to both Spiders and Scorpions, Solifugids do not have venom and they are not considered dangerous to humans. Solifugids are sometimes called Sun Spiders or Wind Scorpions. Solifugids are generally found in arid climates and species from the Middle East which are known as Camel Spiders can grow quite large. It appears that your Solifugid might have been smashed as evidenced by what appears to be bodily fluids at the end of the abdomen. If this is the case, we would like to educate you regarding the benefits of this harmless, nocturnal hunter. Though they appear to be frightening, Solifugids are not harmful to human or pets, unless you keep small arthropods as pets. It is possible that a Solifugid might bite a human if they are carelessly handled, but since there is no venom involved, the bite is harmless. If they are present in or near your home, Solifugids will help to control the population of Cockroaches and other creatures that you might find undesirable.