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Date added: Nov 26, 2014 Tubing a Puff Adder with a Go Pro

Here's a unique video by Ian Stephen in which he tubes a Puff Adder and uses a Go Pro to shoot inside-the-tube footage!


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Date added: Nov 24, 2014 Paul L. Lloyd shares his exciting experiences with us..

"Hi Clem, just thought I would share with you and your readers...

The snake in the photo with me handling it has recently been declared a new species of “Night Adder” (Causus rasmusseni). It was previously thought to be a colour variation of the Rhombic Night Adder (Causus rhombeatus). I’ve captured at least 30 of the in the past year. They seem to be exclusive to this corner of Zambia and the DRC.

Also, find here photos of one of the rarest snakes in the world, exclusive to the NW province of Zambia; Shreve’s Nocturnal Tree snake. Also known as a Shreve’s Marbled Tree Snake (Dipsadoboa shrevei). I’ve had the privilege of catch 2 of these since I’ve been here. They are a beautiful, graceful, docile snake - harmless."

Below is an article by Paul:

Shreve’s Nocturnal Tree Snake
(Dipsadoboa shrevei)    

This is not a snake that is likely to be encountered with any regularity by any of us. It is one of the rarest snakes in the world and is exclusive to the north-western corner of Zambia, spilling just over the border into the DRC. During 2013/2014, I have had the privilege of being able to exhibit 2 of these to various groups of students and community members.

According to Dr. Donald G. Broadley, in his book “Snakes of Zambia, an Atlas and a Field Guide” (2003), this snake averages 70cm – 90cm in length as an adult but have been encountered as long as 1.2m. The one in the photos (top/bottom left) was 1.26m and was captured at Kalumbila in the North Western Province. At the time, I had no idea what snake it was.

Described in the book as grey-brown in colour. However, I would describe the two specimens that I have had as black or gunmetal black.

This snake inhabits moist miombo woodland and gallery forest. It’s a nocturnal arboreal (tree-living) snake, living high in the forest canopy seldom venturing to ground level. They exist on a diet of chameleons, tree-living lizards, tree-living frogs and small birds.

After have experienced two of this species, my perception is that it’s a harmless, gentle and graceful snake, that is shy and elusive. Highly unlikely to be seen around human habitation. Does not attempt to bite when approached but will simply try to slip away quietly. The smaller one (above right), was captured after having fell out of a tree onto someone’s house in a densely forested area.

Nothing is known about its breeding habits.

Paul L. Lloyd
Training Systems Coordinator (Program development, Staff Development, Quality Control)

First Quantum Minerals & Operations
Solwezi
North Western Province
Zambia
Mobile: +260 96 584 5576
Bolder, Smarter, Driven

 

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Date added: Nov 21, 2014 A Perfect Christmas Gift...

Christmas is approaching, and this could be the perfect time to ask for an IDEAL present for any venomous snake keeper!

Instead of the usual socks, handkerchiefs or shawls, why not ask your mum, girlfriend or gran to buy you a pair of Venom Defender Gloves.

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Date added: Nov 20, 2014 Handling a Western Green Mamba with Venom Defender Gloves

Here is a beautiful Western Green Mamba handled by Harold van der Ploeg:



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Date added: Nov 20, 2014 Larsa Darafeyenka Handling a King Cobra with Venom Defender Gloves

Here's a great photograph sent in by Larsa Darafeyenka of ‘Mao’, the King Cobra, handled with Venom Defender Gloves.



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Date added: Nov 20, 2014 Handling an Aruba Rattlesnake with Venom Defender Gloves

This is an Aruba rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus unicolor Tonia) handled by Harold van der Ploeg.



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Date added: Nov 19, 2014 Handling Retics with Venom Defender Gloves

Here's a beautiful photograph sent in by Larsa Darafeyenka of an Albino Lavender Tiger reticulated Python handled with Venom Defender Gloves.


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Date added: Nov 18, 2014 Venom Defender Gloves Assist Biologist Patrick Urban


Biologist Patrick Urban uses different tools from Snake Professional for several aspects of his work.
 
One aspect is the handling of his own research snakes and reptiles like several Viperidae, e.g. Bothrops and Vipera species. Safe and reliable tools are absolutely necessary for his work in his own Viper room but also for the field work which includes extraction of venom and genetic material.


He can also be called out by police to catch potential dangerous exotic reptiles found in the district. These instances are totally unpredictable and challenging and these tools help enhance both his own safety and the safety of the animals in question.

Speaking of animal’s well-being - in the past he also worked as co-operation partner for the animal sanctuary in Sontra for (dangerous) reptiles where he identified and performed operations on sick or injured reptiles like several Viperidae, Pythons & Boas e.g., Malayopython reticulatus and Eunectes murinus.

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Date added: Sep 26, 2014 Ravon-Dag 2014

Snake Professional is proud to sponsor this exciting event for reptile enthusiasts - Ravon-Dag 2014

Ravon is a Dutch non-profit organization specializing in research and conservation of reptiles, amphibians and fish in the Netherlands (and beyond). There are several hundred volunteers including specialists in viper research.

This national day for all volunteers, researchers, staff and interested parties takes place on 8th November in Nijmegen, Holland and will feature interesting lectures, films and presentations.

There is particular a focus on the importance of innovative research, appropriate management, new partnerships and EU legislation, all contributing to better protection of our reptiles, amphibians and fish.

For more information, visit the Ravon Website and Download the Brochure

Date added: Aug 21, 2014 Herping in Israƫl with the Venom Defender Gloves

From the 17th of may till the 25th of may I went on a herpetological trip to Israël, together with my Dutch amigo Gert Jan Verspui. Our target was to see and photograph many species as possible, including some venomous snakes. In Israël we also got some company  and help from other herpetologist from the United States of America, Denmark and Israël.

Sjuul using Venom Defender Gloves with Black Desert Cobra

In Israël two continents come together, the Middle East and Africa, this in combination with a high variation of landscapes and different climates makes that Israël has a very high diversity in herpetofauna species, especially reptiles. In total about 100 species can be seen throughout the country. During our trip we managed to see 55 herpetofauna species.

Gert Jan Verspui handling an Arabian Horned Viper © Gert Jan Verspui

To catch and photograph also the venomous snakes I brought my Venom Defender Gloves and also a M1 Collapsible Snake Tong 40”. Already on our first full day we needed both tools. While checking out ancient waterholes for snakes and reptiles that fall in, I saw a snake falling in a waterhole that contained water (most of the time these are dried up). It turned out to be a big Black Desert Cobra (Walterinnesia aegyptia). To dangerous to climb in, we devised a way to get the cobra out. The combination of Venom Defender Gloves and the Snake tong saved the life of the cobra en made us very happy!

Gert Jan Verspui safely takes the Black Desert Cobra out of the ancient waterhole with the snaketong in combination with the Venom Defender Gloves © Dan Rosenberg

With the help of the Venom Defender Gloves we also successfully caught venomous snakes like the Lebanon Viper (Montivipera bornmuelleri), Palestine Viper (Daboia palaestinae), Palestine Saw-scaled Viper (Echis coloratus), Sahara Sand Viper (Cerastes vipera), Desert Horned Viper (Cerastes cerastes) and the Arabian Horned Viper (Cerastes gasperettii).

Sjuul Verhaegh using the Venom Defender Gloves for  handling a Black Desert Cobra © Sjuul Verhaegh

For the curious people that want to see the pictures that are made and read more about our herping trip, I strongly advice to read Gert Jan’s report of our trip. You can find the report on the link below:

http://gjv-natureview.jimdo.com/trip-reports/trips-outside-europe/israel-05-2014/

With kind regards,

Sjuul Verhaegh
(The Netherlands)

Photographs courtesy of Sjuul Verhaegh, Gert Jan Verspui and Dan Rosenberg

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