Courses & Training

African Reptiles and Venom, present snake courses for the general public, outdoors people, field guides, farmers, snake keepers, doctors, vets, mining companies, developers, etc. In short, anybody that may come in contact with snakes or a  snakebite will benefit from these courses. These courses were researched and compiled after a number of people had approached us for information on snakebite and the handling of snakes. Mike Perry who heads the courses has been catching snakes since 1965 and works professionally with venomous snakes as he extracts venom for antivenom production and keeps 500 snakes for this purpose.

Our courses are FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) approved as specialist courses. Those that pass the test will receive a certificate with the FGASA emblem on it. The Snake ID and Snakebite Treatment course is also registered with the WITS Health CPD Office and medical doctors and other health professionals that pass the test can claim 5 CPD points (Continued Professional Development).

African Reptiles

Our Courses

The Snake Awareness, Identification and Snakebite Treatment Course R1300

The Snake Identification and Snakebite Treatment course covers the following:

1. Identification of the dangerous and medical important snakes.
2. Symptoms and syndromes of a snakebite.
3. First Aid
4. Medical Treatment.
5. Allergies and treatment.

Doctors and Medical staff will earn 5 CPD points on completion of this course. 


The Snake ID & Snakebite Treatment course starts at 08h00 – 12h30. It covers the identification of the dangerous snake, the symptoms of snakebite, the first aid treatment, medical treatment and allergy recognition and treatment. There is 1 tea break at 10h00 and lunch is from 12h30 – 13h00. From 13h00 – 14h00 everybody will be writing their test. 

Cost for this course is R1300.00 VAT inclusive per person. 



Green Mamba

Venomous Snake Handling R800 Vat incl.

Our Snake Handling course is recognized by FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) as a specialist course. This course as well as our Snake Identification and Snakebite Treatment Course is required for anybody that wants to keep indigenous South African snakes, or who has just started keeping snakes.

The Snake Handling course teaches you how to handle snakes correctly and safely with more hands-on experience under Mike’s supervision. 

The Venomous Snake Handling course starts at 14h00 on our premises with a lecture and concludes at 17h00 

Testing is practical handling of Puff Adder, Mozambique Spitting Cobra,Rinkhals & Snouted Cobra under Mike’s supervision with verbal questions and answers as we do the  handling.

Cost for this course is R800.00 VAT inclusive per person. 

Snake Awareness Training

Snake Awareness training is used by companies that have a need to have most or all of their work force become aware of snakes, and the role of snakes in nature with the aim of offering staff a means of learning more about snakes, to dispel myths and to mitigate snakebite risks to staff. 

This is short course that will cater to most company’s needs. Contact us here to arrange a course for you or your company.

The cost for this course is R750.00

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Black Mamba

Black Mamba Handling Course R600

Learn more about these dangerous snakes and how to handle them correctly. A short presentation and then hands on experience with live black mambas.

Applicable to companies that are situated in areas where black mambas occur, Particular to areas like Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KZN provinces as well as area north of South Africa.

We keep 70 black mambas and 60 of them are used for venom production. As we extract venom from these mambas on a monthly basis, over the last 15 years, we have built up sufficient expertise in how to handle these dangerous snakes  


 We  offer an additional Advanced Black mamba handling course for those people that may have a need to handle black mambas or want to get their adrenaline pumping. 

We also offer courses for interested groups or companies, and the courses can be run during office hours at your premises & provided the group size is 10 people or more. Permits to transport snakes may have to be arranged beforehand. Keep this in mind. Past and current customers include Sasol, Anglo American, Anglo Coal, Anglo Gold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Exxaro, Resolute Mine, Rio Tinto mining, Katanga Copper Co., Murray & Roberts, Johannesburg Water, Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, Johannesburg Zoo, Pretoria Zoo and Eskom to name just a few.

This is done at an additional cost of R600.00 VAT inclusive per person, and runs from 16h30 to 18h30.  



Medical Professionals

Up Coming Courses

Night Adder

SNAKE Educational Courses

Snake Identification, snakebite treatment, venomous snake handling and Black Mamba handling.
Become a legend in the making and join Mike Perry for an informative, professional snake course where you will acquire skills as well as confidence. Real life situations are created to prepare you for your everyday snake captures..

Night Adder

Snake ID & bite Treatment & Venomous Snake Handling​

FGASA accredited courses offered by Mike Perry who has been presenting Venomous Snake and Black Mamba handling courses for more than 17 years all over Africa. Mike is also the preferred snakebite specialist who’s always readily available to share his expertise with other professionals.

The Course was absolutely brilliant, I already knew a little bit about snakes, but what I learned on Saturday, was very very helpful, and informative. This is definitely information that I will be able to use not only at work, but also in my personal capacity.

I will definitely recommend this course to anybody and everybody that might come into contact with a snake. Will send your details to people who I advise to do the course.

Thanks again for a wonderful fruitful day of learning and interaction

Jean Nel

BHP Billiton

I attended the venom and snake handling course at African Reptiles and Venom. What a fantastic experience!!! The course was very informative and well structured, regarding snakes, their particular venom, symptoms, affects and treatment there of! I know far more than I did previously! Thanks Mike!

Without doubt the most exciting part of the course came down to handling the snakes we had just learnt about… Including the effects of their venom… Eeeck!!! Mike was brilliant in explaining and demonstrating the proper method in handling and capturing them. Very very exciting! Got the blood and heart pumping!!! Especially with the Black Mamba!!! WhooHaa!!!

Awesome course! Thanks Mike!!!

Kyle Aneck

Hi Mike

I only got positive feedback from the guys that attended. Your manner of facilitating the course as well as your course material is of a very high standard. The guys found the course to be very informative and “fun”.

We all learned a great deal and have standard procedures now in place for the entire Lonmin on reporting of snakes, procedures on the actual catching of the snake and numerous other procedures and standards to ensure the safety of our employees. We really appreciate all the effort you put into the course.Everybody loved the practical exercise and detested the written test.

Ps. The food was great!!

Albert Kent

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