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 Is teen sexting a warning sign of other risky behaviours? 2019-06-19 20:30 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 Parenting Is teen sexting a warning sign of other risky behaviours? Diet and nutrition Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show? Lifestyle WATCH: Moisturiser reduces risk of age-related diseases, study finds Lifestyle WATCH: What if 50% of everything went extinct? Medical Another climate change threat: More 'flesh-eating' bacteria? Medical WATCH: What happens to the brain during Alzheimer's? From our sponsors Chela-Fer® iron supplement is easy on the gut for better days Effective treatment for ADHD is available Live healthier » Most couples do not get divorced after infertility struggles IVF kids may have higher risk of autism Progesterone gel as good as injection for IVF Fertility treatments tied to higher odds for pregnancy complications For most women who cannot conceive naturally, in vitro fertilisation is very safe and effective, but it may involve a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Heart health » Another day at the office – thanks to a defibrillator close at hand Statins help the heart, no matter what your age Even the smallest fitness gains could help you reduce the risk of a heart attack 5 women share exactly what it feels like to have a heart attack 'I felt like I had a pill stuck in my throat.'