African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Mon May 03, 2010 7:42 pm

I did Mikes course and highly recommend it like everyone else does. Those interested in what you do where or what the place looks like I will post some pics of me doing it. Just remember if you are young as me your Guardian or parent must do it with you or sign a indemnity form.
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Colinh » Tue May 04, 2010 7:46 am

What are the costs for the course nowadays?
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby NickFT » Tue May 04, 2010 9:16 am

Hi Colinh,, here is a bit of information regarding Mike Perry's Coarse, hope it helps

SNAKE COURSES

Next course dates are 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 31July, 28 Aug. 2 & 30 Oct. 2010.
I present snake courses for the general public, outdoors people, field guides, farmers, snake keepers, doctors, vets, mining companies, developers, etc. In short, anybody that may come in contact with snakes or snakebite will benefit from these courses. These courses were researched and compiled after a number of people had approached me for information on snakebite and the handling of snakes. I have been catching snakes since 1965 and work professionally with venomous snakes as I extract venom for antivenom production & keep about 500 snakes for this purpose.

My courses are FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) approved as specialist courses. Those that pass will receive a certificate with the FGASA emblem on it. The Snake ID and Snakebite Treatment course is also registered with the WITS CPD Office and medical doctors that pass the test can claim 5 CPD points (Continued Professional Development).

The Snake ID & Snakebite Treatment course starts at 08h00 - 12h30. It covers the identification of the dangerous snake, the symptoms of snakebite, the first aid treatment, medical treatment and allergy recognition and treatment. There are 2 tea breaks and lunch is from 12h30 - 13h00, and from 13h00 - 14h00 everybody will be writing their test. Cost for this course is R840.00 VAT inclusive per person.

After this it is the Venomous Snake Handling course which starts at 14h00 with a lecture and concludes at 17h00. Testing is practical handling of puff adder, Mozambique spitting cobra, ringkals & savannah cobra under my supervision, and verbal questions and answers as we do handling. Cost for this course is R520.00 VAT inclusive per person. I also offer an additional Black mamba handling course for those people that may have a need to handle black mambas at Lodges in the bushveld. This is done at an additional cost of R360.00 VAT inclusive per person, and runs from 17h15 to 18h30.

The next courses are scheduled for Saturday 30 January & 27 February 2010. I can also offer courses for interested groups or companies, and then the courses can be run during office hours at your premises & provided the group size is 15 people or more. Permits to transport snakes may have to be arranged before hand. Keep this in mind. Past customers include Sasol, Anglo Coal, Anglo Gold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Murray & Roberts, Johannesburg Water, Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market and Eskom.

Venue – This is the GPS coordinates: S 25° 56.726 minutes; E 28° 01.181 minutes.
African Reptiles and Venom is situated 8 km north from Fourways on the William Nicol extension, which becomes the R511. From the N1 (cement highway) take the William Nicol off ramp, and turn north away from Johannesburg. Pass Monte Casino on your right, pass the Fourways Mall on your left and go pass Indaba hotel on your left, cross 2 rivers the Jukskei river and the Diepsloot River. 900 meters after the second bridge, you will see a sign African Reptiles and Venom on your right hand. Turn in and park under the trees. The lectures are held in the lapa at the pool.

From Pretoria you will go towards Jo'burg and then take the R28/N14 towards Krugersdorp. Take the Hartebeespoort/Sandton off ramp. The off ramp makes a 180-degree bend. At the robot turn right towards Sandton. You will now be going pass the Diepsloot Township on your right. From the robot where you turned right, you will travel for about 4 km. Look out for the sign on your left that reads "African Reptiles and Venom". Turn in and park under the trees.

Snake Handling Equipment
I supply the 90 cm standard Pillstrom tong. Price inclusive of Vat is R1575.00. Also available are a 110 cm snake hook @ R400.00, and 130 cm snake hook @ R450.00 Vat inclusive. For courier delivery in SA add R342.
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Wed May 05, 2010 6:40 pm

Yip this is me doing the course at Mike Perry's.The costs were 520 for handling 320 for the mamba.Sorry cant remember the costs for the ID+treatment.
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Wed May 05, 2010 8:38 pm

Sorry maximum was 3 attachments.Lasts pics of me at Mike Perry's handling course.

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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Wed May 05, 2010 8:53 pm

Chasing the snake into the pipe.
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby zanderdreyer » Wed May 05, 2010 8:57 pm

Very nice you look like a pro LOL! :D
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Jen » Sat May 15, 2010 6:25 pm

Great pics Herpetologist! This course is definitely something I'm keen to do - it seems like it's a great learning experience. Just out of interest, is one of your parents involved with reptiles? I can't see many parents allowing their child to do this, unless they understand the field well themselves, as shown by MGiddings's posts. I think it's great!
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Sat May 15, 2010 6:35 pm

Thanx for the words Jen.Nope not realy, only my uncle and me and my grandfather like snakes.Yip you should definately do it.You realy learn alot and if you get your certificate you can claim a catch and release permit.Realy recomend it for you.

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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby jka » Sat May 15, 2010 6:46 pm

Really nice and congrats Herpetologist, that really is a nice rinkhals (5th pic is sweet).
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Gaawie » Sat May 15, 2010 10:26 pm

Herpetologist, you are one kick ass young dude.... props ;)
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby Herpetologist » Sun May 16, 2010 8:20 am

Thanx everyone for the great comments!!Realy learnt someting that day, realy worth it!!
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Re: African Reptiles and Venom Snake Courses

Postby seuna » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:14 pm

Hey if I want to contact Mike Perry ,do I call him to make an arrangement for the course and if so do one of you have his number for me please thank you.
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