During the various US war campaigns in Iraq, 17 U.S. soldiers have died as a result of camel spiders. Thus it is true the venom of a camel spider is deadly to human beings. Camels spiders can also jump 3 feet in the air and use this skill to jump on the backs of their prey.
Actually the truth is rather different. A number of urban legends have bounded across the internet that exaggerate the size and speed of Solifugae, and their potential danger to camels, humans and soldiers in Iraq. That's right, their talents and size are all myth!
The Middle East isn't the only place where solifugids spiders have a bad name. In Mexico, they're known as matevenados, which translates as "deer killers." The Mexican government offers a 500 peso reward for every live deer killer spider presented to the National Spider Laboratory. The spiders are milked for their venom which is used to treat victims of spider bites (if they survived!).
|This is a fake spider!|
The Camel Spider is more formally known as order of Arachnida, Solifuga. Also commonly known as wind scorpions or sun spiders, camel spiders may grow to a length of 7 cm (2.8 in) which is nothing like the legendary stories people are wont to tell.
Most species live in deserts and feed opportunistically on ground-dwelling arthropods. No records exist of a camel spider ever eating or killing a camel! Still, if you want to see a spider eating a bird, be my guest.