African Snake Identification, First Aid and Handling


  • 8am – 12.30pm: Theory: Identification, snake bite prevention, first aid
  • 2pm – 5pm: Handling venomous snakes:  rinkhals, spitting cobra
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Handling: black mamba

NB: to attend the handling courses, it is compulsory to attend the half day theory course. it is NOT compulsory to attend the handling courses

What to expect:

  • Your safety is taken into account at all times
  • It is compulsory to wear the protective gear issued for the course
  • The half day theory course includes a light lunch followed by a test
  • Delegates that past the test will receive a certificate of completion that can be forwarded to Wits for CPD points (medical doctors only)
  • The course is recognised by the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA)

What to bring:

  • Note pad and pen
  • Sunscreen and hat for outdoor handling course
  • Participants in the handling courses to wear long trousers and hiking boots or closed shoes


  • Qualified herpetologist with a special interest in venomous snakes and mambas. 
  • Supplies venom to the South African Vaccine Producers for serum production
  • Breed and supply captive bred reptiles for the international market.


  • Fourways, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Attendance is subject to completion of an indemnity form

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