Venom Pit to host course on snake awareness

The course will be presented by Johan Marais, well-known herpetologist and author of the best-selling books A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa and Snakes and Snakebites.

“There is always increased snake activity and sightings during these warmer months and people often do the wrong thing or end up trying to kill the snake,” ASI’s Ashley Kemp said.

The course will cover scorpion and snake awareness, biology and behaviour, myths, identification, basic first aid for snake bites and scorpion stings, medical treatment of a snakebite, as well as optional venomous snake handling which teaches delegates how to safely remove venomous snakes.

The full course, including venomous snake handling, costs R1600 per person and delegates are required to be 12 years or older in order to take the course. Pupils younger than 18 pay a reduced fee of R990.

The courses are fully approved by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

For more information, contact Kemp at or on 073-186-9176.


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