Home > News > Events 24 July 2014 Become a snake wrangler Learn the fundamentals of snake identification, handling and what to do if someone gets bitten. 0 Boomslang.(Credit: Reptile Ventures) ~ Related Watch: Would you go for a snake massage? 1000s deadly snakes kept as pets Snake bite: what to do The Cape Reptile Institute (CRI) gives regular courses in snake awareness, identification and handling to interested members of the public. The first day of the course is devoted to snake awareness and first aid. This includes snake identification and handling of non-venomous snakes. The first aid involves practical scenarios i.e. you (or a friend) has just been bitten by a Cape cobra, puffadder or other venomous snake. The second day is venomous snake handling of three species - Cape Cobra , Puff Adder and Boomslang - and involves learning how to safely use snake hooks, which are provided.There will be a written test, which is straightforward (not too technical). After successfully completing the course you will receive a certificate. Participants also receive a copy of the Snake Awareness, Identification and Handling Manual.The CRI course is presented by reptile experts of many years standing - Dr Tony Phelps, Marcel Witberg and Kobus Smit - and is endorsed by the Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA).The next course will be held from 26-27 July 2014, 09h00 to 16h00 at the Driftsands Environmental Centre near Cape Town. Course fees are R800 per person, and participants must be 18 years or older.For more information and to reserve a place contact Marcel Witberg 082 7847314 firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Health24 EnviroHealth Editor's experience of doing the course: Charming snakesSlide show: Dangerous snakes NEXT ON HEALTH24X Holding a sneeze blew a hole in this man's throat 2018-01-16 12:16 More: NewsEvents advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Holding a sneeze blew a hole in this man's throat Lifestyle Want to look younger? Facial stretching can help Lifestyle 7 weird health tips that are actually true Diet and nutrition More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you Diet and nutrition 3 ways to feel better about yourself in 2018 News 7 celebrities with chronic illnesses From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.