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Spider & Scorpion Identification Course

Sat Jul 15, 09:00 - Sat Jul 15, 13:00

Kloofendal Nature Reserve


This 3 hour course offers vital understanding for everyone who wishes to increase their spider and scorpion identification skills, which in turn will improve your first response for spider bites and scorpion stings. This course offers the most comprehensive and identification guide available, by focusing upon the following aspects of spiders and scorpions: classification, anatomy, identification, general size & shape, colouration & anatomy, behaviour, distribution & shelter.

This course includes 84 page Spider & Scorpions Identification Guide, pen and certificate (emailed in PDF after the event). Loupes will be available for use during the. Participants may bring their own loupe or purchase one for the course. All other training materials will be provided. 

This course covers the following in relation to spiders and scorpions:

  • Introduction.
  • Classification.
  • Anatomy.
  • Identification.
  • General size and shape.
  • Colouration and anatomy.
  • Behaviour.
  • Distribution and shelters.

Suitable for over 13 years of age. The course includes the following:

  • In field lectures. 
  • a copy of the Spider & Scorpion Identification Guide.
  • Writing equipment.
  • Certificate.
  • Shared loupes are provided. If you have a loupe, please bring it along. Loupes are available for purchase on the day.

This identification course is ideal for:

  • Field Guides.
  • Conservation students.
  • General public. 

The contents of this course are aligned to the Unit Standards as required by FGASA for the Apprentice Field Guide Qualification. This course provides the foundations for the Spider and Scorpion First Aid Course and Essential First Responder Seminars.

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Meet at the Ecological Centre 15 minutes before the event. This event will go ahead regardless of the weather. For queries, please contact the Friends of Kloofendal (phone, WhatsApp) on 079 693-5608. For more information about Kloofendal Nature Reserve, please go to

Presented by Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan Leeming is a best selling author, international speaker and award winning conservationist. He as written 9 books (Scorpions of southern Africa, Scorpions of Sabi Sands, Spider & Scorpion Risk Assessment, Venomous Animal General Awareness, Risk Assessment & First Aid, Antivenom Management, General Awareness, First Aid Guide To Spider Bites & Scorpion Stings). 

He consults for the Poison Information Helpline, various organisations and speaks at medical conferences on the subject of envenomation. Best selling author, international professional speaker and award winning conservationist, Jonathan brings a fresh and unique insight into the subject of venomous animals and their bites and stings.


Spider & Scorpion Identification Course
Kloofendal Nature Reserve
Veronica St, Kloofendal, Roodepoort, 1709
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