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  1. lecture on Venom by Jonathan leeming (5 April, Pretoria)

    Hi All
    Iím speaking at the next meeting of the Magaliesberg section of the Mountain Club, on the 5th April (Tuesday). Iím giving a presentation entitled Venom...
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    Hi All I never thought that all you big...

    Hi All
    I never thought that all you big butch 4x4 driving "men" out there would be afraid of somthing so small. Yes, it's a rain spider, you have no reason (except for your own insecurities)...
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    Nice one. OwenD Stings from this scorpion are...

    Nice one. OwenD

    Stings from this scorpion are a little worse than a bee sting :-)
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    Hi All on the 24th I drove from Ficksburg to...

    Hi All
    on the 24th I drove from Ficksburg to Sani Top, then to Nottingham Road in a Bantum Bakkie :-). The road after Moteng Pass (from Afriski) is under construction so you can expect delays and a...
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    Scorpions in houses in Gauteng

    Hi Folks
    There is small scorpion that makes it's way into houses especially this time of the year. It's not highly venomous... so we can all relax. Have a look at...
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    As a side note... :-) Fresh urine is sterile, so...

    As a side note... :-) Fresh urine is sterile, so it can in theory be used to wash out venom from the eyes. The catch is that eyes need to be washed out for 10 to 20 minutes.

    Is anyone so gifted on...
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    Hi Folks ... where do I start... Firstly,...

    Hi Folks
    ... where do I start... Firstly, it's a female Brown Button Spider, Latrodectus geometricus.

    Just skimming over the posts I'd like to make the following comments:

    We do not have...
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    Hi Pieter the scorpion in the jar with the blue...

    Hi Pieter
    the scorpion in the jar with the blue lid is Uroplectes triangulifer, the other larger scorpion is a male Opistophthalmus pugnax. Both scorpions are classic Gauteng residents. Have a look...
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    Hi All The other scorpion that 3Bar mentioned...

    Hi All

    The other scorpion that 3Bar mentioned is Pseudolychas ochraceus. This is a common scorpion in Gauteng. I'm getting about 50 emails a week regarding this little beauty. Have a look at...
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    Hi All the original scorpion in this post...

    Hi All
    the original scorpion in this post is Uroplectes formosus from the Lowveld. Not highly venomous... so we can all relax and admire pure concentrated nature... :-)

    Have a look at...
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    Hi All the original scorpion in this post...

    Hi All
    the original scorpion in this post is Uroplectes formosus. Not highly venomous... so we can all relax and admire pure concentrated nature... :-)

    Have a look at www.scorpions.co.za fo...
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    Hi Folks It's a Hermit Spider (Nephilengys...

    Hi Folks
    It's a Hermit Spider (Nephilengys cruentata), a very common spider in Northern Natal.

    Jonathan
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    Hi Folk My talk on Venom is filling up. This...

    Hi Folk

    My talk on Venom is filling up. This free event is being hosted at the Distong National Museum of Natural History. You van book online at...
  14. 27th September, Spider Bite and Scorpion Sting First Aid Course

    Hi Folks

    I have another First Aid Course for Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings arranged at Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria on the 27th September. Course includes my First Aid Guide to Spider...
  15. Hi All As a note on Violin Spiders in garages......

    Hi All
    As a note on Violin Spiders in garages... yes, they can be found in houses and garages in certain parts of the country, however, misdiagnosis of their bites is rife. If you did not see the...
  16. Hi All It's a rain spider (Palystes sp.)....

    Hi All
    It's a rain spider (Palystes sp.). They has been known to catch small lizards and geckos, but mainly preys upon insects. Nothing a big butch 4x4 driving man (or lady) would be afraid of...
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    Hi Folks It's Euprosthenops sp. a common...

    Hi Folks
    It's Euprosthenops sp. a common spider. Interesting thing about these spiders is that their webs are non-sticky. When prey lands on the web, vibrations are transmitted to the spider...
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    Hi Stan The amount of antivenom depends on...

    Hi Stan
    The amount of antivenom depends on the symptoms (linked to the snake). Unlike spiders and scorpions, snakes often have mixed venom types. Antivenom affects the snakes venom directly and...
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    Hi Paul Yes, if you even need antivenom and...

    Hi Paul
    Yes, if you even need antivenom and the local hospital does not stock any, contact the local vets as they often have a good supply. More dogs are bitten/stung than humans.

    Some...
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    Hi All As an extra note, private hospitals...

    Hi All
    As an extra note, private hospitals usually obtain antivenom from wholesalers which means that the SAVP do not have much of an idea as to where their antivenom is distributed to.

    The...
  21. 9th Aug, Groenkloof, First Aid Course Spider Bites, Scorpion Stings (and Snake Bites)

    Hi Folks
    I'm giving my next first aid course for spider bites and scorpion stings on the 9th August at Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria. As an added bonus, I'm also including a 1 hour...
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    Meat tenderiser is just another way to denature...

    Meat tenderiser is just another way to denature venom. If the venom is on the surface of your skin then it will be effective. If the venom is inside the skin (a very crude way of putting it) then...
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    Sticky: Yes, the SAVP's new website is a bit of an...

    Yes, the SAVP's new website is a bit of an abortion. Many of the images have been copied from the Internet by someone who clearly does not know what they are doing.

    Rather use another website for...
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    The only provincial hospitals that the SAVP...

    The only provincial hospitals that the SAVP invoice directly are the following:

    WC -TYGERBERG PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL TEL: 021 938 5454
    WC-RED CROSS MEMORIAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ...
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    I had a chat to the ladies at the South African...

    I had a chat to the ladies at the South African Vaccine Producers (SAVP). They were happy to forward me a list of public medical facilities. Unfortunately, SAVP dispatch to a central provincial...
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    Antivenom is the ONLY effective treatment for...

    Antivenom is the ONLY effective treatment for life threatening snake bite, spider bite and scorpion sting. However we still have medical professionals that prescribe rubbing Handy Andy on serious...
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    I've just sent a request to the SAVP for such a...

    I've just sent a request to the SAVP for such a list. It's unlikely that they will give it to me, but it's worth a try. If I do get a list from them I'll post it here.
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    My lecture is on venom in general. It's not a...

    My lecture is on venom in general. It's not a first aid lecture, although I do give those from time to time.

    As far as Cape Town Museum is concerned, they have their own speakers (from the...
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    Stan The use of hot water IS beneficial...

    Stan
    The use of hot water IS beneficial depending on the type of venom (components) but more specifically, the location of the venom.

    When stung by a jellyfish, nematocysts inject venom into...
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    Hi All Fish, spider and scorpion venoms (not...

    Hi All
    Fish, spider and scorpion venoms (not poisons) are protein all based. If you have a few drop of any protein based venom and heated it up, the venom denatures and is destroyed. It will...
  31. Hi Folks It's Pseudolychas ochraceus... a...

    Hi Folks
    It's Pseudolychas ochraceus... a common and docile scorpion in Gauteng. Have a look at http://www.scorpions.co.za/small-scorpion-gauteng/ for more details.

    Jonathan
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    Hi FOlks It's not a Death Stalker...

    Hi FOlks
    It's not a Death Stalker (Androctonus australis) at all, but Parabuthus liosoma. They are pretty venomous. I help with a case of a guy from Kenya who stepped on a large female. The...
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    Hi All Rain Spiders eat large insects and...

    Hi All
    Rain Spiders eat large insects and are very beneficial around the house. Although the fear of spiders is one of the top 10 mental disorders in the world, there is no need to kill them....
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    Hi All the first spider is a Nursary Web...

    Hi All
    the first spider is a Nursary Web Spider (Euprosthenops sp. or Euprosthenopsis sp.) the second is a Ctenid (Anahita sp.)

    Kind regards
    Jonathan
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    Hi Folks It's a Rain Spider :-) Jonathan

    Hi Folks
    It's a Rain Spider :-)

    Jonathan
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