There’s no doubt that America’s soldiers are seriously tough. Trained by the most advanced and effective military on the planet, there’s nothing they can’t handle.

Or so you would think.

Stationed in the Middle East, these soldiers have seen and overcome just about everything. But when an especially horrifying creature made its way into their bunk, they pretty much jumped out of their boots.

So what is that thing anyway? Well, it’s actually a camel spider, one of the freakiest insects on Earth.

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“Camel spider” is actually a blanket term that covers most spiders in the order Solifugae and in the class Arachnida.

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Even though they’re technically arachnids, they’re not actually classified as spiders. Not that this technicality makes them any less scary.

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Capable of growing up to six inches in length, these terrifying critters are mostly found in the deserts of the Middle East, though they do pop up occasionally in the southwestern United States.

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Camel spiders are carnivorous, preferring to munch on lizards, snakes, rodents, and even other camel spiders.

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Rather than rely on venom, they simply use their massive jaws to crush their prey and mash them into an edible pulp.

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While their bite isn’t deadly to humans, it’s still pretty darn painful. Oh, and they can run up to 10 miles per hour, so don’t get on their bad side.

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As if we needed another thing to worry about out there! Deadly or not, that’s the last thing I would want to run into.

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