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 7 mistakes that can impact your blood pressure reading 2018-05-21 13:34 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 7 mistakes that can impact your blood pressure reading Lifestyle ‘I tried haemorrhoid cream on my puffy eyes – here’s what happened’ News Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit Fitness How to burn more kilojoules at the gym — without doing any extra exercise From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.