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Deadly 60 - Camel Spider
Steve Backshall from the CBBC series Deadly 60 catches a solifugid. Known as the Camel Spider or Wind Scorpion, this creature is an arachnid, and so is related to spiders, but is not itself a spider. It is very fast moving, the fastest invertebrate on earth. This allows it to chase and catch insects, which it tears apart with its powerful jaws. Known as mandibles, these jaws are the largest relative to overall body size of any animal on earth. We hear some mythical stories relating to solifugae, such as them chasing after people and having deadly venom. The presenter allows the solifugid to crawl on his hand, showing how its legs are covered with long sensory hairs, which help it to sense movement and thereby catch prey. The solifugid is then released.
Take notes and use as a basis for writing a non-chronological report. Research other 'deadly' animals and create a class set of reports/fact files etc. Work in groups to create your own 'Deadly' programme. Alternatively, use in a discussion about predatory animals or arachnids. Can be used in conjunction with 12317
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