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