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.
We 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 snakebite will benefit from these courses. The courses were researched and compiled after a number of people had approached us for information on snakebite and the handling of snakes. Our courses are FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) approved as specialist courses. The Snake ID and Snakebite Treatment course is 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).
Participants get certificates at the end of all the courses. The validity of the certificates are two years.
Snake Courses for the public
The Snake Identification, Awareness, First Aid protocol and medical Snakebite Treatment Course
R1300 per person (incl. VAT)
This course covers the following:
- Identification of the dangerous and medical important snakes.
2. Symptoms and syndromes of snakebite.
3. First Aid protocol
4. Medical Snakebite treatment.
5. Allergies to anti-venom and treatment of anaphylaxis
Doctors and Medical staff will earn 5 CPD points on completion of this course.
Venomous snake handling R800 per person (incl. VAT)
This is a course suitable for individuals who has to capture problematic snakes that pose a risk to the immediate public or workplace.
It is required of anybody who wants to keep venomous snakes to do a certified snake handling course.
The Snake Handling course will teach you:
Skills on how to safely capture a snake
Using the correct equipment for the correct situation.
Practical handling of four different venomous snakes under the watchful eye of Mike Perry and the rest of the African Reptiles & Venom team.
Advanced Black Mamba handling R600 per person (incl. VAT)
Learn more about these dangerous snakes and how to handle them correctly. It starts with a short presentation which follows with practical handling of wild black mambas. This is to ensure that everyone has firsthand experience of what to expect when encountering a Black Mamba in the wild.
This course is applicable to individuals that go out in the bush, work at lodges in Black mamba distribution areas, snake enthusiasts or simply someone wanting to chase up their adrenaline levels.
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.