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 email@example.comRead Health24 EnviroHealth Editor's experience of doing the course: Charming snakesSlide show: Dangerous snakes NEXT ON HEALTH24X Many parents not following safe-sleep advice for babies 2020-01-27 16:45 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 Many parents not following safe-sleep advice for babies Medical WATCH: Will a mask really protect you from coronavirus? News Here’s what the latest health review reveals about the relationship between South Africa’s youth and healthcare Fitness Have a ball with these exercises to strengthen your core Medical First clinical studies find coronavirus closely resembles SARS - but there are also important differences Medical 5 of the biggest medical advances of the past decade Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.