Afghan Spider Bite Takes Family Dog

Afghan Spider BiteThe bite of Afghan Spider has killed a family dog in the United Kingdom, CNN is reporting.

Not considered dangerous to humans, the Afghan Spider can be deadly to small animals. The spider is believed to have been a “stowaway” in the baggage of the male head of household after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The family is refusing to move back into the home until the spider is found and destroyed due to fears of another spider bite.

The dog and spider evidently had an encounter just prior to the dog’s demise that involved the spider “hissing” at the dog. That’s right.. “hissing.” These are not your normal poisonous spiders.

“The desert-dwelling camel spider, actually an insect rather than an arachnid, can run up to 25 kilometers (15 miles) an hour and reach 15 centimeters (6 inches) in length. Its bite is not deadly to humans but can kill small animals.”

If you want to, check out this video of an alleged Afghan camel spider attacking a lizard – not for the faint of heart:

September 3, 2008 – 9:06 am
  1. 2 Responses to “Afghan Spider Bite Takes Family Dog”

  2. The camel spider isn’t an insect. It is in the Order Solfugidae, so not a spider, not an insect. Commonly called a windscorpion.


    By Jody on Sep 10, 2008

  3. Thanks, Jody. Much appreciated.


    By on Sep 10, 2008

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