Having been involved in the development of the Venom Defender gloves for use with venomous snakes I am pleased to endorse its use as providing a significant addition of safety for handlers of these types of snakes.
I have used the gloves myself in the field both in Africa and America taking full bites from Cobras, Vipers and Rattlesnakes.
Whilst this use of the gloves is not recommended it does prove to myself that they are generally impervious to the venomous bites of a wide range of potentially dangerous snakes.
The use of these gloves is recommended by me for all institutions and organisations that employ staff to handle venomous snakes.
John Coote, Chairman
John Coote, Chairman of the Bristish Herpetological SocietyDec 8, 2010, 21:20
When I first saw these gloves I was very sceptical. After looking at the way they're manufactured, I was much more convinced but worried about how dextrous they were. I tried them on and was easily able to write perfectly well with a pen. This won me over.
We now use a pair here in the zoo for Monacled Cobras, Gaboon Vipers, Western Diamondbacks and Gilas. There's no substitute for proper hooking and handling techniques but these gloves do offer another safety level. Here, we treat them as an "airbag and not a seatbelt".
We've also found them very useful for harder to handle non-venomous such as Retics and Yellow Anacondas. They're also very effective against monitor claws!
I have not, as yet, had the opportunity to try these in the field, but I feel they will only benefit our research work, making tasks such as scale counts, taking measurements and scale samples even safer.
I also can't compliment enough Snake Professional's commitment to it's customers. These are genuine reptile people offering a quality product to keepers and professionals.
Reptile Village Zoo Director
James Hennessy, Zoo Director, Reptile Village Zoo, IrelandDec 8, 2010, 15:32
I have used the gloves as an extra protection and here are some species and situations when i have used the gloves.
When de-worming baby Deathadders and baby king cobras. Moving big eastern green mambas to new enclosures, handling Anacondas,moving "big" dwarf caimans and tubing species as Saw scaled vipers,.
So far i am very pleased with the gloves and i am finding more and more situations when the gloves are useful.
When working with venomous reptiles i do NOT believe that any gloves should be used instead of hooks and tongs, but as an extra protection.
If a situation does occur these gloves can probably save your life.
"My first thoughts about wearing gloves to handle were not too positive, but i said i would help out and give them a try.
I now hardly use hooks, grabs etc as I feel closer to the animals and they respond better than when using metal instruments to manouver them. Venom Defender Gloves have changed my ways of handling and also my mindset on the species i work with, you really get a better feel for the snakes needs and preferences by being able to get so hands on in complete safety.
I have also had the opportunity to work with King Cobras at the King Cobra Sanctuary with these gloves, they have opened new doors for handling techniques and given the chance to safely work in touching distance of the worlds largest venomous snake, the ultimate goal in venomous handling.
In would personally like to thank Clem and Maureen for making these gloves available to the hobbyist, and I am sure they will save someones life or limb one day, they have for myself on a couple of occassions."
Mark Dainty, Zoo Herpetologist and keeper at the King Cobra Sanctuary, Nottingham, UK Dec 6, 2010, 16:37
When me and Jon Coote first tested all the gloves available for Handling Venomous snakes in 2007 we found that none of them could prevent the Bite of an Asian Cobra.
Jon Discovered the Venom Defender gloves and we decided to test them at a meeting of the International Herpetological Society.
Whilst all other gloves failed we were excited to find that the Venom defender passed every test and all we could "throw at them".
It has changed the way myself,Jon and Herpetologists interacting with Venomous snakes across the world do our work!
Not only is Handling now more safe than ever before, it is also many times more pleasant for the snakes compared to hard metal hooks and Grabs.
The most Commonly asked question I get after keepers who have seen me working with the gloves is were can I get a pair from?
It gives me great pleasure to now be able to answer; contact Clem and Maureen at Snake Professional.
Luke Yeomans The King Cobra Sanctuary
Luke Yeomans, King Cobra Sanctuary, Nottingham, UKDec 5, 2010, 21:06
"I would like to thank SNAKEPROFESSIONAL.COM for the help they give to snake owners by offering the Venom Defender Gloves.
Not only when it comes to handling venomous snakes but also the handling of large constrictors, such as Reticulated pythons and Burmese/Tiger pythons, is much safer when wearing the gloves.
Since I have the gloves my everyday work with my venomous snakes is not only much safer, but also much easier, as I am feeling more self-assured.
Whilst they are beneficial for the handler, it is also much better for the snake.
Because I now know, from my personal experience, the gloves do work even for large venomous snakes such as King Cobras.
Not one bite went through!
I can categorically state that the Venom Defender Gloves saved my life.”
Patrick Waffek, Filaretic.com, Germany (Wildest Wohnzimmer, VOX)Dec 4, 2010, 19:10