KZN snake handling and ID course?

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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby che » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:36 pm

Hey everyone!!

So the higher powers were on my side this week and my test was postponed and I will be making it to this course!

Is there anyone from Durban who knows directions that i could possibly follow? Or even if anyone would like to come with me? Please let me know.

Thanks
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Slingshot » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:21 pm

Best is to look it up on Google Maps: maps.google.co.za and search for "New Germany Nature Reserve" or click on the direct link below.
Next to the result on the left, there's a drop-down arrow where you can choose "Directions" and enter your start and end location.

http://maps.google.co.za/maps?f=q&sourc ... 21136&z=16
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Slingshot » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:57 am

Looks like a good chance of rain on Saturday afternoon. Do the braai guys have a plan for rainy weather?
What do we need to bring with? Things such as paper, pen, meat, chair?

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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Bushviper » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:13 am

Yeah the rain will be bad if it comes down early. We do have a veranda which we can sit under. If you could bring some chairs that will always be welcome. Pens to write the exams with are a good idea.

If you have hook sticks or glasses you would like to do the training with that is also a good idea. Long pants and sturdy shoes or boots will also be better than shorts and sandals for the handling part.
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Jen » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:36 pm

I just got back from the course & have to report that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I learned so much and the practical side of things was a great experience. Thanks Arno for making the effort to come to Durban! Thanks also to John Chinn & Rob McMillan for their assistance.
Here are a few pics of the day, very kindly taken by Antoinette (Rob's girlfriend):
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Arno (BV) showing us how it's done, with Che
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I have loads more pics but I don't want to chew up all of your bandwidth!
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Slingshot » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:58 pm

Thanks for the photos Jen. And thanks to Arno and everyone else involved! I learned a great deal and enjoyed every aspect of the course. Well worth it!
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Smeegle » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:53 pm

Awesome pics, Jen and Antoinette! Thanks for sharing!

The course was excellent and is definitely a must for anyone interested in snakes!
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Bushviper » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:23 pm

Glad you all enjoyed it. It was great fun and I hope this will encourage others to get training if they want to keep or remove venomous snakes. My words were hardly cold and two people got bitten on Saturday. One was an accident the other ... well not so much. Please people. lets be careful out there.
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby marc bt » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:05 pm

Thanks so much Arno, i enjoyed every minute of it and would encourage people to attend one when there is one in your area, it would even be worth driving to Pretoria or where ever there might be one.
i am so happy i was there for the snake bite ID and treatment part too, atleast i know now if i do get bitten what i should and should not do. I learnt a hell of a lot!
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby s'mee » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:34 pm

BV wearing shoes????????
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Eyelash » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:27 am

Haha...I agree s'mee...not even sandals but SHOES haha... ;)
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby marc bt » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:56 pm

Myself and BV swopped shoes for the afternoon as you can see ;) Not the best herping foot-wear! :smt021
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Re: KZN snake handling and ID course?

Postby Bushviper » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:17 pm

Yeah right Marc. Glad you enjoyed it.

I know most of the time the guys in Durban will be wearing sandals throughout most of the year so possibly if they get a callout and are in the area they will have to work around this problem.
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