This First Aid Guide links spider and scorpion biology, natural history, medical science and common sense. It will give you the ability to measure and understand the seriousness of a bite or sting when and where it happens. More importantly it gives you the tools to take the next step and act responsibly and quickly.

Identification of the culprit is often key to the treatment of spider bites and scorpion stings. Most people have difficulty in identifying a spider or scorpion even to the most basic group. The guide includes physical characteristics, lifestyles as well as egg sacs that will help you reach a positive identification of the culprit.

In case the culprit is not seen,  characteristic symptoms of the various spider bites at different time frames are included. Many scorpion stings need very little medical attention, others require urgent medical attention. Using the symptoms as a guide, the decision to seek professional medical help can be made and acted upon.


88 Pages of full colour with over 200 photos. Considered the best resource on spider bites and scorpions stings available.


  • How to use this guide
  • Emergency Contact Numbers
  • Perceptions
  • Should we be afraid?


  • Medically Important Spiders
  • Button Spiders
  • Black Button Spider
  • Brown Button Spider
  • Button Spider Egg Sacs
  • Sac Spider
  • Violin Spider
  • Six Eyed Sand Spider
  • Quick Guide
  • Other Spiders
  • When to Consult a Doctor?
  • What not to do!


  • Introduction
  • Venomosity Rule of Thumb
  • Highly Venomous Scorpions
  • Mildly Venomous Scorpions
  • Weakly Venomous Scorpions
  • Symptoms
  • Comparative Symptoms
  • First Aid
  • When to Consult a Doctor
  • What Not to Do!
  • Canine Envenomation

Further Information

  • Bites of Unknown Origin
  • MRSA
  • Poison Information Helpline
  • South African Vaccine Producers
  • References and Glossary

[one_half][testimonial author=”Margret Smidt”]Thank you for writing and publishing such a wonderful book! After my husband was bitten by a “spider” I tried to find more information on the subject. Your book contains everything I ever wanted to know about spider bites and scorpion stings, in an easy to understand way and with some nice photos. Thank you! [/testimonial][/one_half]

[one_half_last][testimonial author=”Dr Pretorius.”]As an ill-informed person when it comes to spiders and scorpions, I was put at ease with this First Aid Guide. The very well illustrated and to the point information made me a well-informed person for the first time in my life. The pocket size, easy to use guide is also a plus point. Thank you for this excellent booklet.[/testimonial][/one_half_last]

[testimonial author=”Brian Colling, Drifters HR Manager”]Have just finished reading your latest publication – First Aid Guide for Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings and am extremely impressed. This guide will be a great help in bite or sting emergency situations for all Nature guides or in fact anyone venturing out in to the bush , easy to read and understand with a wealth of knowledge with regard to bites , stings and the emergency first aid procedures that are required by the first responder.

Most probably the best guide on this subject I have come across and will be advising that all our overland guides should have a copy in their First Aid Kits at all times.[/testimonial]