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Date added: Aug 3, 2015 Photoshoot with a Malaysian King Cobra

We are impressed to see Gert-Jan Klootwijk and his partner Esemeralda featuring in this photoshoot. Both are wearing Venom Defender Gloves and holding a Malaysian King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah).



Gert-Jan has presented us with a testimonial, which we are happy to share with our followers:

"Dear Clem, herewith I would like to thank you for your exceptional products.

I have been working with venomous snakes for a number of years, and since 2 years I am using your flagship safety product; Venom Defender Gloves.

As I have been using the gloves on many occasions I have benefitted from the advantages this product has given me, and I must admit that they provide exceptional protection.

Besides myself, many of the private keepers around me really appreciate your products.

To my personal knowledge there are dozens of times whereby the Venom Defender Gloves have offered successful protection during moments when it really mattered, as has been the case in my own experience.

As you can see on the attached photographs they are often used for handling Ophiophagus hannah, the only disadvantage being that the gloves give less ‘feeling’ when handling.

However, the extra line of defence which the gloves offer make these very much worthwhile.

Since one year my girlfriend also works regularly with a variety of venomous snake species and the gloves give her too that extra level of protection when handling these.

Myself and my circle of friends are very happy with your product and we hope to enjoy using them for many years to come.

Keep up the good work my friend Regards, Gert-jan en Esmeralda"
 

Original - in Dutch:

"Beste Clem, hierbij wil ik je bedanken voor je top producten.

Ik werk al een aantal jaren met gigslangen en sinds twee jaar maak ik gebruik van je product, namelijk de Venom defenders.

Ik heb door het vele gebruik van de gloves de voordelen mogen ervaren, en ik moet toegeven dat ze prima functioneren.

Niet alleen ik, maar ook vele hobbyisten om mij heen waarderen jouw producten.

Er zijn mij een tiental gevallen bekend waarin Venomgloves met succes bescherming hebben geboden op het moment dat het ook echt nodig was, waaronder ook bij mij zelf.

Zoals je ziet op de meegezonden foto's worden ze ook met regelmaat gebruikt voor het hanteren van Ophiophagus hannah, het nadeel vind ik van de gloves dat je wat minder gevoel hebt met het hanteren, maar de extra veiligheid die de gloves bieden vind ik dat zeker waard.

Sinds een jaar werkt ook mijn vriendin met regelmaat met verschillende soorten gifslangen en bieden de gloves uiteraard een goede bescherming tijdens het hanteren.

Ik en vele vrienden om mij heen zijn zeer te spreken over jouw product en we hopen er nog vele jaren gebruik van te maken."

 

Disclaimer: We at Snake Professional & 1-2-1 (Animal Handling) Products do NOT advise this method of handling and doing so is at the handlers own risk!

 

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Date added: Jul 30, 2015 Handling a Puff Adder,Spitting Cobra, Forest Cobra and Gila Monster at Wrigglies

More great pics from a recent Wrigglies DWA course.

For information about their courses, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WriggliesDWA?fref=ts

Adam Smith & Julian Clare handling a Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum)
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Adam Smith & Julian Clare handling a red spitting cobra (Naja pallida)
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Adam Smith handling a Puff Adder Bitis arietans
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Adam Smith & Julian Clare handling a forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca)
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Date added: Jul 28, 2015 Venom Defender Gloves used to safely handle Dusky Pygmy Ratlesnake

We are proud to have received this lovely letter from Brian Katz. He once again finds himself in a situation where his Venom Defender Gloves offer that extra protection...

Dusky Pygmy Ratlesnake
 
Greetings Clem and Maureen, I hope that all is well.  

I am sending you a few new photos today of a dusky pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri) that was purchased at the Hamburg Reptile Show.  

I used the Venom Defender gloves to safely handle and photograph this snake.

You can view the Hamburg Reptile Show website at http://www.hamburgreptileshow.com/  

They have a photo gallery on their site that features photos taken exclusively by me.

Cheers,
Brian Katz

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Date added: Jul 20, 2015 Johann Prescher - Adder Conservation Article

Left: Common Adder - Credit: Corrie Post
Right: Vipera aspis - Credit: Ron Krol

We are excited to present you with an article written by Adder Researcher Johann Prescher in one of Holland’s news-papers. You can download the original article as a PDF and we have featured a translation below:

Download: Newsletter feature from the Netherlands: "Dagblad van het Noorden"


Report – Adder Researcher

If there are any Adders in a particular area, then Johann Prescher will find them. The experienced gentleman from Steenwijk searches for these venomous snakes for nature organisations and research agencies in the Northern part of the Netherlands. In his quest to find Adders he often traverses an area called ‘Leggelderveld’ in the province of Drenthe

‘I always wear Gloves, I do not take any risk’. ‘Not even the King Cobra can bite through these’.

GERDT VAN HOFSLOT
GEEUWENBRUG

This snake-man is not your normal naturist. Johann Prescher (28) was a professional in the Dutch army for 5 years. He started out as a driver on an armoured vehicle called the Fennek. Later he became a shooter, and then a combat life saver (CLS). After 5 years he had had enough.

‘I thought, is this really something I want to do? I wanted to do something else with my life. And I decided to start studying again’.

The reptile expert signed up for ‘Wildlife Management’ at the Van Hall Larenstein Hogeschool in Leeuwarden. He hopes to graduate by completing a research project on bats in the province of Friesland.

‘For that I will, in the near future, be climbing all church-towers in Friesland’.

For some years he has accumulated data for the ‘Bats Working Group Groningen’. But at present we are not here to find bats.

2 years ago, as a volunteer, Prescher adopted ‘het Leggelderveld’, a heathland of 300 hectare to the south of ‘Hoogersmilde’. He keeps meticulous records of the Adder population for the area owner Natuurmonumenten and for the Working Group Adder Research Netherlands. Every year he traverses the area a number of times and takes photographs of the Adders he encounters. nBut before we start out he puts on his special snake gloves.

‘These are strengthened with Kevlar’. ‘Even the King Cobra cannot bite through these. I always wear them when I conduct my research. I do not take any risk, he confides in us’. ‘I have been searching for Adders since I was ten years old. I got bitten when I was fourteen. And I ended up in hospital. After my second bite my parents forbid me to go to the heath’, he tells me as we stroll through ‘het Leggelderveld’.

It’s only around 8 degrees Celsius (46f), so most snakes won’t be showing themselves. But the researcher does not give up easily. Suddenly he bends over and points to a few pipestraws amidst heath. There we see a beautiful adult Adder. Carefully he picks up this animal.

‘It is an adult female. Look how she flicks her tongue. She actually tastes the scent of her environment’.He takes photographs of the snake, especially of the head, and then writes the specifics in his note-pad. ‘Every Adder has a unique pattern head-scales, this enables us to recognize each individual snake. It’s like a finger print’.And the Adder is being released again.

Besides a dead specimen, and a shed snake-skin, the search does not offer much more. ‘Its too cold. Normally I will find at least a dozen Adders’, Prescher says.

Further Information:
http://www.ravon.nl/RAVONActief/Werkgroepen/AdderonderzoekNL/tabid/1656/Default.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/WerkgroepAdderonderzoek

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Date added: Jul 14, 2015 Handling a 7 meter Reticulated Python!

We are proud and super impressed with Karsten, Steffen and the rest of their team for handling this HUGE Reticulated Python.


 
This stunning snake is a 20 year old Sulawesi female (captive breed NO WC), measures 7.1m (21.5ft) and weighs in at approximately 160 kg (just over 25 stone)!

Visitors can admire this beauty at Karsten’s Snake Farm. Follow the links below for more info:

http://filaretic.de/
https://www.facebook.com/karsten.wollner?fref=ts

P.s. ‘Open Day’ at the Farm on Saturday 12th of September, so if you are in Hamm that day you should make a visit to be blown away!!

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Date added: May 18, 2015 Jackson’s Bold Eyed Tree Snake or The Black Tree Snake - By Paul Lloyd

Jackson’s Bold Eyed Tree Snake or The Black Tree Snake
(Thrasops jacksonii)

Black Tree Snake 1

This is a daytime active and arboreal (tree-living) snake. An excellent climber, ascending high into trees, to 30m or more. If approached or threatened in a tree and unable to slide away, it will launch itself off into space and its long light body enables it to move sideways while falling; when it lands it quickly slides away. If cornered, it will inflate its neck and anterior body like a Boomslang and move in a side-to-side like manner. Inflated neck is considerably smaller than the Boomslang, but impressive. (Pitman, 1974)

Black Tree Snake 2

Diet: It is a generalist feeder; known prey creatures that include arboreal lizards (especially chameleons), and mammals including bats. It raids nests for eggs, nestlings and adult birds, and it has been seen to drop out of a tree to catch a frog. (Spawls, 2002).

Black Tree Snake 3

Much less aggressive than a Boomslang, it can grow to as much as 2.3m. This snake frequents mainly gallery forests and its distribution is limited almost exclusively to the Northwestern corner of the North Western Province of Zambia. The specimen above was captured and photographed at Kalumbila and according to Dr. Don Broadley the range is approximately from west of Lumwana to Ikelenge and south to Zambezi.

Black Tree Snake 4

Juveniles of the species are normally olive to green on the head and have mottled brown and black marks on the body. The belly is black and yellowish.

Due to their limited distribution, not a lot is known about its habits but it is thought that females lay between 7 and 12 eggs between mid-December and mid-January.

For more detailed information contact Paul Lloyd (paul.Lloyd@fqml.com)

Paul Lloyd - Black Tree Snake

 

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Date added: May 13, 2015 Venom Defender Leg Guards - protection against venomous snakes

Wrigglies staff and DWA course attendees have been wearing our Venom Defender Leg Guards as essential protection against venomous snakes.

Here we can see Moroccan Black Cobra (Naje Haje) biting into the guards.

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These images also demonstrate the importance of wearing boots with steel nose-caps in conjunction with our leg guards, to ensure that no injuries are sustained.

For more information about the Wrigglies DWA course, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WriggliesDWA?fref=ts

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Date added: May 12, 2015 Working with Lizards on a Wrigglies Handling Course

Thanks to Wrigglies for sending us these photos of course attendees using the Snake Professional Pinning tool whilst working with a beautiful Gila Monster (Heloderma Suspectum).

Our Venom Defender Gloves were also used whilst handling baby Beaded Lizards (Heloderma Horridum).

Handling Gila Monster 1

Handling Gila Monster 2

Handling Baby Beaded Lizard

Handling Baby Beaded Lizard 2



For more information about Wrigglies and their handling courses, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/WriggliesDWA?fref=ts

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Date added: May 11, 2015 Helping to deal with nuisance snakes in Kenya

We were recently contacted by a lady from Kenya who asked us to provide her with snake handling equipment to catch nuisance snakes.

She explained that snakes would come close, and into, the house and that staff had difficulties in dealing with this problem.

When I asked her what staff would do to the caught snakes she mentioned that the snakes would be killed.

After explaining to her the importance of these majestic creatures to the environment (that they keep rodent numbers under control, we as a human race encroach on their habitat etc), she listened and acknowledged the intention of my explanation.

When we then received the following wonderful email from her with accompanying photographs you can guess that we were well chuffed and well proud of her!

Hi Maureen & Clem
Thought you might like to see a message from my staff.
Snake caught and still alive!
I caught and moved a Brown House Snake the other day.
Here are some pics…



As you can see it had caught a fairly large agama which it proceeded to swallow before we could move it.
I let it go about 100m from the office so that the team wouldn’t kill it.

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Date added: May 6, 2015 Tubing a Forest Cobra at Wrigglies

Thanks to Julian Clare of Wrigglies for sending us these photos of him tubing a Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca).

Julian is wearing our Venom Defender Gloves to ensure extra protection during the initial approach.

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