Friday, August 31, 2012

Camel Spiders

Rolling Stone, 21 September 1978, p. 44

Ethiopia After the Revolution
Vultures Return to the Land of Sheba

By Donald R. Katz

[...] An American mercenary, an old African hand, once told me that in Ethiopia there is a spider that eats only living flesh. It's called the camel spider and is equipped with a prong on its back that emits a local anaesthetic. He told me that at night the camel spider descends while you sleep, gives you a shot, and eats your lips. I slept with my hand over my mouth. [...]