The Search for WondLaEdit
Rovender had warned Eva about the sand-snipers, prior to arriving in the Wastelands. Eva encountered sand-snipers several times during the trek. During Eva's inevitable confontation with the huntsman, Besteel, in the desert, a group of sand-snipers mauled Besteel and pulled him underground, killing him.
A Hero for WondLaEdit
When Eva and Rovender were searching for the lost Omnipod, Eva was held captive and ensnared by two sand-snipers. However, as with Otto, Eva was able to make a connection with the creature and communicate with it, assuring the sand-snipers that she would not harm them. The sand-snipers subsided and one of them upchucked the lost Omnipod, much to Eva and Rovender's surprise.
Eva and Rovender were later attacked by a sand-sniper after having left New Attica, but a warbot that Cadmus had sent to apprehend Eva had intercepted and began launching numerous SHOCdarts at her. However, the sand-sniper then went against the machine and managed to cripple and subdue it.
Sand-snipers possess a set of eight appendages, the topmost being larger and are used to grasp and ensnare victims. They also have sets of large feeler antennae, which are perhaps used to sense vibrations from above their underground burrows. Their shells are covered in numerous tiny spikes, particularly along the back and at the edge of their arms. Two quills stick out from the sides of their head, which could be used as a sort of threat display.
Sand-snipers live in burrows underground and may emerge from below in order to ambush prey. Through a series of clicks and chirps, the sand-snipers are able to communicate with other members of their species. They are known to hunt in packs and are, therefore, able to take on larger prey, even managing to kill the huntsman, Besteel, and one of Cadmus' warbots.