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Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course, (Handling co

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course, (Handling course now incorporated)

This course covers all the venomous snakes as well as semi-venomous snakes in RSA. You will be taught how to identify them from other snakes, what venom they possess, their distribution, habitat and how to treat their bites. You will receive all the necessary course material on the day. You will be shown images of all the dangerous snakes and snake bite studies as well as live specimens of most of the venomous snakes. You will write an exam after the course and successful candidates will later receive certificates.

Immediately afterwards will be the snake handling course. This course has been attended by zoo staff, field guides, game rangers, herpetologist and hobbyist. All of them rate this course, as one of their most valuable skills learned to date. This course is aimed at people that come into contact with snakes and other reptiles in the field or for people wanting to learn more on how to handle snakes and reptiles in a responsible and safe manner. The course is both theory and practical and each candidate will have the opportunity to handle a non-venomous and venomous snakes.

The various methods of handling venomous snake will be discussed as well as shown in practical demonstrations. Safe husbandry practices when venomous snakes are concerned is also discussed and explained as well as various equipment is demonstrated. All candidates must sign indemnification forms and minors need their parents / guardians permission and signature. This course is run under strict supervision, and two snake wranglers are present at all times during practical assessment.

Coffee & a light lunch is included.

Costs : R900 per person
Venue: Croc City, Lanseria JHB.
Date : 5th July 2014
Time: 09:00 till approximately 16:00pm

Bookings and a 50% deposit is compulsory. Contact me at or 0833747087 to book.
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Re: Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course, (Handlin

Postby Viper_SA » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:11 pm

Does this course include "tailing" and "necking" as well? Which snakes are handled?
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Re: Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course, (Handlin

Postby iiviii » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:29 pm

I went to this course when it was offered to us here in East London. We handled a forest cobra, puff adder and boom slang. We were shown how to do this safely with a hook stick / grab stick. We were shown how to tube and safely " neck " venomous snakes (as can be seen in a video that bv put on YouTube ( search " handling and milking video" on this forum)).

It is definitly worth going to the course, there is so much that you can learn in a day and as I'm sure we all know, you can always learn something new.
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Re: Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course, (Handlin

Postby Bushviper » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:04 pm

Nobody is going to be necking the snakes. I do show you how to pin a snake with tools but that is not necking.

Obviously if the situation allows then tailing will be taught but not on species such as puff adders.

It depends which snakes we have for the day which will be handled.
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