Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (April 21, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This is THE authoritative account of the brown recluse spider, covering proper identification, its natural history, venom, and the effect of its bite. Written by an arachnologist who has made his life's work understanding where this spider is found (and, more importantly, where it does not occur) and researching the many claims of bites, particularly outside of its range. The book is full of wonderful color photographs and is written in a style that makes an interesting and easy read. Over the past 20 years, Vetter has almost single-handedly reversed the tendency of physicians to diagnose any unexplained skin lesion as a brown recluse bite. Recognized as the leading brown recluse expert in the world, Vetter has condensed a careers-worth of information into a wonderfully compact volume. This book is a must for physicians, pest control folks, naturalists, and anyone who wants to temper their fear of spiders with dependable factual information.
Up front I know Rick Vetter and have published with him (not on this subject, however.) I have always had the utmost respect for Rick's knowledge of the brown recluse and its relatives. He has written a number of journal and more popular articles on these spiders and the effects of their venom. In so doing he has always been a voice of reason and a debunker of myths and misinformation. In this book he has combined all of the data accumulated over his years of study, and illustrated it with wonderful color photos, to summarize everything known about these spiders, together with a lot of important information about their relatives, other venomous spiders, and spiders confused with the recluses (there are more than one species!) or accused of being venomous. He also discusses the problems of diagnosing brown recluse bite, which are many, and debunks many bits of misinformation about these and other spiders. I wish more books on venomous creatures were as informative as "The Brown Recluse Spider!"I recommend this book without any reservation. If you would know the reality about venomous spiders, especially the recluses, read this book!
The most comprehensive book on the Loxosceles to date! Well written and extremely logical, I live in Wyoming and teach classes on spiders to the general public, I have not only quoted this book but use it to explain all the misinformation out there regarding the recluse spider. Mr. Vetter has gone above and beyond with the amount of in depth research and brilliantly explains the facts in a way that anyone can understand. I highly recommend this book to anyone who not only wants to know more about the recluse but spiders in general.
My boyfriend bought this book and it impressed me so much I felt I needed to leave a review. There's a wealth of information in here, including specific ways to correctly and quickly identify a brown recluse, their actual distribution (heads up - much of the US is recluse free), and plenty of info on what actually goes down with recluse bites if that's a concern. Everything else you'd want to know on the brown recluse is included, and at the same time (bonus!) it lays a solid foundation about spiders in general. There are some really fascinating tidbits in here that will make it worth your time. And it manages all this while being a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, with clear headings and using plain language (there is a minor spattering of technical jargon that can easily be skimmed). If you're scared of spiders, or even mildly interested, this can easily find a place on your bookshelf!
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