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    • Only a very few are medically significant to humans. But, just like all spiders, they are shy and would rather run away. They’d only bite if you are mean and nasty to it.

      Here is a great guide on the venomous spiders in South Africa:
      Venomous Spiders Booklet 2014

  1. Hi, I was bitten by what appears to be a violin spider, we were in the Karoo three weeks ago, needless to say it escalated to me needing minor surgery on my leg to remove the necrotic tissue! I have just read the download on venomous spiders. Very informative, but really tricky to deal with medically. No doubt in a few weeks time all will be well.

    Kind regards,


    If you wish to see photographs I can send those on to you.

  2. A client of mine has small spiders that live in concrete and have bitten one of the staff members sitting at the desk. the building is from the foundary building in Cape Town. Any thoughts of what they might be or how to get rid of them.

    kind Regards Mark

  3. Hi there

    Is there a guide to identifying the most commonly seen spiders in SA, especially those that can be confused with the dangerous ones?

  4. I have been finding spiders around the house they look like a rqin spider but has poisen sacks. I zould like to find out what they are and if they are poisenis to my kids

  5. Hi There,

    I am trying to get in touch and your mail system keeps saying mailboxes are full. Please advise on how to contact the club.

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