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 4 amazing body benefits of weightlifting that’ll persuade you to give it a try 2018-07-21 08:00 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 Fitness 4 amazing body benefits of weightlifting that’ll persuade you to give it a try News Good Sex? Bad Sex? Rad Sex? Lifestyle Where snakebites are deadliest Lifestyle Yet another reason why it's hard to stop smoking News Making the most of that fast food meal Medical Why am I getting hot flushes? From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.