Expo News

Xmas Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo – KZN

With less than 2 months to go, things are looking up for the upcoming Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo which will be held at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban. With our new venue being much bigger than the previous two, this promises to be an awesome event. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Spring Terrarium & Aquarium Expo

With less than 2 weeks to go till the expo things are getting very exciting. Not only for the upcoming event, but the upcoming breeding season and for spring.

We cannot wait to see what reptiles, tarantulas, aquariums, fish, etc will be up for grabs at the expo. Hope you can make it!

See you there!!!

Spring Terrarium & Aquarium Expo 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce the upcoming Terrarium & Aquarium Expo which will be held at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, on the 7th & 8th September 2013.

Winter Reptile Weekend – KZN

I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Winter Reptile Weekend.

What this entails is back to back courses. Here are the details:

Saturday 13 July 2013 we will be hosting a Snake Identification and Bite Treatment Course.

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. You will write exams after the course and successful candidates will later receive certificates.

Successful candidates will receive certificates.

Coffee, tea, sandwiches and a light lunch are included.

  • Costs : R800 per person
  • Venue: New Germany Nature Reserve.
  • Time: 08:30 till approximately 16:00pm

We would like to arrange a social event, i.e. bring & braai after the course as well.

Sunday 14 July 2013 we will be hosting a Reptile Husbandry Course which now also includes venomous snake handling.

At last ….. a proper course for the reptile hobbyist !

This course covers the following topics:

  • General Husbandry, caging, heating, breeding, force feeding ……..
  • Health care, including tubing, medicating etc …
  • Breeding, probing, pop sexing, incubation and some personal breeding tips!

Immediately after this 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 learnt 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.

You will be lectured on the various methods of handling venomous snakes as well as shown in practical demonstrations. Safe husbandry practises when venomous snakes are concerned is also discussed and explained as well as various equipment is demonstrated.

The safe handling of venomous snakes in captivity is also included. You will be lectured on the do’s and don’ts, as well as the golden rules. 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.

This is a must for all serious herpetologists!

Successful candidates will receive certificates.

Coffee, tea, sandwiches and a light lunch are included.

  • Costs : R800 per person
  • Venue: New Germany Nature Reserve.
  • Time: 08:30 till approximately 16:00pm

Should you wish to attend both days, the costs will be R1 500 per person.

Limited seats are available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact me at courses@snakebiteassist.co.za

1 Week to go

1 Week to go, nerves are setting in, but excitement is all around.

I have just completed the exhibitors list for our upcoming SOS Reptile Expo which will be held on 4th & 5th May 2013 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Be sure to come visit us and support the exhibitors.

Tick tock, tick tock

With less than a month to go until our next annual SOS Reptile Expo, it has been crazy!

We have 35 exhibitors signed up already and still waiting for a few confirmations. This is sure to be a successful expo!

Meanwhile, we’ve been keeping busy with problem snake removals. We get 3 – 5 calls a day. Winter is on it’s way for sure!

Hope we’ll be seeing you at the expo. We are already looking forward to another successful event.

Henry Kemp from Animaniacs

About a week ago the reptile world was shocked to hear about the fire which broke out at the centre where Animaniacs had just opened their new shop. The fire, which supposedly started at the restaurant, spread quickly through the thatched roofed centre.

Henry Kemp received a call that the security had phoned about a fire and went to see as he was closest to the centre.  On arrival he saw the fire and in a panic he tried to save some of his animals which were housed in the on site quarantine facility.

Unfortunately the fire spread too rapidly and when Henry came out of the building he fell into the fire. He was apparently tol to jump in the Koi pond to extinguish the flames, where the paramedics aparently found him.

Henry was transferred to Glenwood Burn unit whereafter he was transferred to Milpark Hospital where he is currently being treated. Henry has received 2nd degree burns to his arms and 3rd degree burns to his legs. Luckily he had fallen onto the box of snakes, which saved his chest and face from being burnt. Unfortunately most of the animals in the box were not that fortunate and perished in the fire.

Henry has now developed an infection in his legs and has been sedated to assist with the healing as he is in excrutiating pain. Once his wounds have healed a bit, the doctors will be reconstructing his shin muscles from muscles taken elsewhere and he will be transferred to a rehabilitation centre where he will have to learn to walk again.

Henry’s wife and family miss him dearly, but are greatful that he is alive. Sam, Henry’s wife, is trying to keep the business afloat and trying to care for the animals which did survive this ordeal.

The reptile community has stood united and several initiatives have been put forward to raise money to assist the Kemp family. Some fund raising events will also be hosted at the SOS Reptile Expo, being held on the 4th & 5th May 2013 at Emperors Palace.

We keep the Kemp family in our prayers and hope that Henry will make a full recovery.

1 and a half months till the 2013 SOS² Reptile Expo

With a month and a half to go, our exhibitors are excited and getting ready for another successful show. The 2013 SOS² may possibly be the biggest reptile expo we have hosted to date.

I will be distributing flyers in the next week, so keep an eye on your nearest pet store.

SOS² Reptile Expo 2013

Once again the Johannesburg SOS² Reptile Expo is only a few months away. We are looking forward to be hosting our next expo on the 4th & 5th May 2013, once again at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng.

Hope we’ll see you there!

What’s new 27 Oct 2011

Breeding season is in full swing and with the heat waves things have been very stressful in my snake rooms with my gravid (pregnant) snakes. I cannot wait for babies to arrive!!

In the meanwhile, while waiting for eggs to be laid and babies to be born, I have been planning TWO expo’s. This year, we will be hosting our very first SOS² Xmas Reptile Expo in Umhlanga, Natal. We are really looking forward to this as it is a new challenge. After the Xmas Expo we will start marketing the 10th Annual SOS² Reptile Expo at Emperors Palace. I cannot believe it’s been 10 years already and we’re still going strong!!

I think I’ll blog a recap of the past 10 years, once our Annual Expo has been done & dusted in 2012.