Camel Spi­ders

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Al­though clas­si­fied as Arach­nids ( Arach­nida), Camel Spi­ders are nei­ther true spi­ders ( Araneae) nor true scor­pi­ons ( Scor­pi­ones) - they’re ac­tu­ally so­lifuges ( So­lifu­gae). In south­ern Africa, they are known as red ro­mans, haarskeerders (hair cut­ters) and baardskeerders (beard cut­ters), the lat­ter re­lat­ing to the be­lief they use their for­mi­da­ble jaws to clip hair from hu­mans and an­i­mals to line their sub­ter­ranean nests. There are over two hun­dred and forty species of camel spi­ders in South Africa.

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