It's Halloween, the time that we bring out the ghouls, goblins and everything scary. Well, what if part of your every day survival included having to avoid a spider as big as the palm of your hand or the size of a pack of cigarettes or a ping-pong paddle?
This is what our troops who are stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq 'are dealing with every day. The camel spiders are very unique and different than anything that we experience in the U.S. It is really creepy to think about waking up to find one of these amazingly huge spiders crawling across your chest. Talk about creepy and crawly--- and our troops are dealing with this every day.
Let's share a few cool facts about Camel Spiders:
- They can travel at a top speed of 10 mph. Which is very fast for a such a small creature.
- They can be as big as up to 8 inches.
- They are called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
- They seek out shade during the daytime, so it is possible to see one charging across the Iraqi desert at you==only to come to a screeching halt when it reaches your shadow.
Another interesting fact about the Camel Spiders is that it is really not even a spider at all! It is also called a Wind Scorpion and is an arachnid. It cannot weave a web and possess no venom, but when bitten, it leaves a gaping wound that is just too scary to share with you.
As we celebrate Halloween this year, I'm not quite as scared of spiders as I used to be:)...not really. I am, however, very thankful for every member of our Armed Forces that has, in the past, and is currently, serving overseas and also for their families who support them. Let us all pray that they will be spider-free very soon!
We meet on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 - 12:00 at the Salem Church Library and would love to see you there!
October's meeting we'll be talking to our Toys for Tots Representative! November's meeting we'll be preparing boxes to mail to your troops for the holidays. Come join the fun!