Reddish-brown body; distinctive, fang-like mouth parts (chelicerae); eight hairy legs; long pedipalps that look like an extra pair of legs; lacks silk glands. The pedipalps are used for sensing and have adhesive tips used for climbing smooth surfaces.
Mainly nocturnal; seeks shade during the day. Fast. Despite their alarming appearance and ability to bite in self defense, sun spiders are non-venomous and considered to be beneficial for feeding on pesky insects. It is a myth that sun spiders kill camels.
Spiders, mites, ticks, and scorpions. May also kill and feed on small reptiles and rodents.
Arid regions and sandy deserts.