Date added: Nov 9, 2015 Using gloves & snake tongs with venomous and non-venomous species

We are happy to have received some exciting feedback from Nikita the Lionheart in Spain.

Out in the field he is showing us how he uses our M1 Snake Tong to safely manipulate a blunt-nosed viper (Macrovipera lebetina).

Then in his snake-room he utilises our Venom Defender Gloves to handle an annulated tree boa (Corallus annulatus).

We are hopeful that these photographs will encourage snake enthusiasts that the correct tools make for a satisfying handling experience. Not only for venomous, but also for non venomous species!

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Date added: Nov 6, 2015 Handling the elusive Vine Snake with Venom Defender Gloves

We are absolutely delighted to present to you an incredible article from Paul L Lloyd about the elusive Vine Snake (Thelotornis kirtlandi).

Also referred to as the Bird snake and Twig snake (Thelotornis capensis, Thelotornis capensis oatsii), Paul gives a delightful insight into this majestic creature. Paul visits schools in an effort to educate children, which hopefully results in the survival of this species long into the future.

Enjoy his article and the visuals of him handling it with our Venom Defender Gloves...

Bird snake, Vine snake, Twig snake                        
(Thelotornis capensis, Thelotornis kirtlandi, Thelotornis capensis oatsii)    

Known by all three of the common names in various parts of Southern and Central Africa, there are two distinct species. The Vine snake is generally encountered in woodland, thick bush or savannah. It’s a long slender snake in varying shades of brown, with darker bars across the body and with a unique, sharply elongated head which may be green or brown on the dorsal part and sometimes the whole head. The most common of the three species in the North Western Province of Zambia is Oat’s Vine Snake, as opposed to the Kirtland’s Vines snake (green head) which occurs more towards the east. Oat’s or the Savannah Vine snake, is green on the dorsal part of the head with a distinct brown “Y” shaped pattern. The “arms” of the “Y” point towards each of the eyes.

This snake is fairly unique in that it has excellent vision and eyes with horizontal pupils, shaped like key holes and is believed to be equipped with binocular vision for spotting prey from a distance.

Vine snakes often frequent bushes and low down branches of trees, which enable them to strike at ground living prey. Their diet consists of tree frogs, lizards, chameleons, small rodents and sometimes other snakes.

This snake can drape itself over branches and remain still for hours with up to a third of the front part of its body unsupported. Body colouring makes it perfectly camouflaged and very difficult to spot. Grows to a length of about 1.2m and may sometimes reach 1.5m.

Being an elusive snake it is almost never encountered near human habitation. Has the same venom and venom delivery system as the Boomslang (African Tree Snake) and is also a rear fanged snake. The venom is considered just as potent but extremely slow acting. Like the Boomslang, will inflate its neck and part of its body when agitated, revealing black skin between the scales.

When captured or intimidated vine snakes tend to be quite aggressive and will not hesitate to bite. Fortunately they are quite a slow striker and also has to work to embed the fangs situated at the rear of the mouth.

Vine snakes have quite an impressive looking tongue; bright orange with a black tip. As opposed to other snakes, where the tongue flickers rapidly, vine snakes appear more leisurely with the appearance of using the tongue to mimic a worm so as to lure birds. According to the experts this is not so; Vine snakes do not favour birds as prey.

Vine snakes lay from 5 to 12 eggs at the start of wet season (November).

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Date added: Oct 19, 2015 Bryan Grieg Fry catches Golden Lancehead Viper during field trip

Bryan Grieg Fry sent us this amazing shot of himself handling a Golden lancehead (Bothrops insularis). He is wearing Venom Defender Gloves for extra protection.

This extra safety can make that crucial difference, especially during field trips when medical help can often be far away.

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Photo courtesy of Julien Barillon

Date added: Oct 16, 2015 Year of the Adder

Johann Prescher has kindly sent us these few fantastic photographs of the Adder excursion he recently presented in the Drentse Hoogveen.

year of the adder 1

He writes:

"Omdat het het jaar van de Adder is worden in Nederland excursies gegeven, en een van deze werd gedaan door mij. Vandaag een succesvolle adder excursie gegeven aan erg enthousiaste mensen. Leuk dat ik anderen wat bij heb kunnen brengen over het reptielenleven in het Drentse hoogveen!"


"Because it is the year of the adder in the Netherlands some excursions are taking place and one of them is lead by myself. Today I took a bunch of enthusiastic people on a successful Adder excursion. It was great to be able to educate others about the reptile life in the Drentse Hoogveen."

year of the adder 2

year of the adder 3

Photos taken by Rianne Koen
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Date added: Oct 14, 2015 Dangerous Animal Handling Training in Royan, France

We are excited to share with you a link from Marc Jaeger which shows video footage of training in progress in Royan, France. He is accompanied by his colleague Bryan Grieg Fry and we're proud to see our mini and maxi pinners being used during the training.

Traslated Text:

Royan: learning to care for snakes, scorpions and other dangerous animals.

Taking care of rattlesnakes, scorpions and poisonous spiders, cannot be improvised.

Professionals working in wildlife parks must train to approach and handle them without endangering themselves.
Training takes place currently in Royan.

For four days, fifteen trainees meet experts from these animals at risk who learn them by example how to extract the deadly venom of rattlesnakes.

A popular venom by scientists to develop research in particular for medicines and that can be sold several thousand euros per gram.

More information with the story of Valerie Prétot, Marc Millet and Nadine Pagnoux-Reel.
Click the image below to watch the video:
Royan Training
Royan training for at-risk animals
Valerie reporting Prétot, Marc Millet and Nadine Pagnoux-Reel
Additional interesting links featuring Marc Jaeger:

Marc Jaeger
Planet Exotica
Planet Exotica Royan

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Date added: Oct 13, 2015 Handling a Chinese Cobra (Naja Astra) with Venom Defender Gloves

We are pleased to have received 2 beautiful shots from Karl Ellis, in which he handles a Chinese Cobra whilst wearing our Venom Defender Gloves.

Karl owns an impressive collection of venomous snake species and has many years of experience working with them. Check out his pics below:

Naja Astra 1

Naja Astra 2

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: Sep 1, 2015 Andy Laister on Snake Patrol in Bojonggede

We are well impressed with the photographs and video Andy Laister has sent us from Indonesia. Andy is closely associated with the Ciliwung Reptile Center, which you can find here;

He writes as follows;

"Yesterday we did a snake patrol in Bintaro, South Tangerang, and found a juvenille malayan pit viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma).

Here you can see a short video clip, titled; ‘Snake Patrol #7 - Bintaro (English Version)’

Plus these 2 great photographs:

With special thanks to the Ciliwong Institute, Billy Hongo, 345 Point and some amazing camera work by Nathan Rusli."

Well done guys!

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Date added: Aug 25, 2015 Game Of Cobras

We are grateful to Romilly Van den bergh  and his partner Sterrin Smalbrugge for sharing a few exciting photographs of their recent photo-shoot. Both are wearing Venom Defender Gloves and holding a King Cobra.

Romily has extensive experience with keeping venomous snakes and can be found on Facebook;

He writes the following about our Venom Defender Gloves and Leg Guards;

"At Game of Cobras we often don't use gloves when working with Kings, except with smaller Kings like June or when we are working with multiple Kings at the same time.

When we use gloves we always use hexarmor 3180 R8E since they have proven themselves time and time again.

We believe you should never try to save money on something that can save your life.

The Venom Defender Leg Guards are useful as well when working with Kings that aim for your legs, like Fang.

Regards, Romily & Sterrin"

Photographer: Michiel Meesters

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Sterrin’s Wild World

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: Aug 18, 2015 Paul L. Lloyd handling a Black Mamba

Another of our regular contributors of incredible photographs and educative information is Paul L Lloyd. In this feature he is handling a Black Mamba with our Venom Defender Gloves and M1 40” Snake Handling Tong. He writes as follows...

Hi Clem & Maureen,
Recently I captured a Black Mamba (2.3m). I was ecstatic as it’s the first one I’ve captured in about 15 years.
Took some great photos the morning before I released it.
I have written an article for you (from a slightly different perspective) as well as photographs and a short video
Kind Regards,
Paul L. Lloyd


Black Mamba

The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). A snake that strikes fear into people all over Africa just on hearing the name. This is a snake to which people attach mysticism, superstition, magical powers and even the ability to morph itself into something else but alas, no scientific evidence has been produced to support these beliefs. Even foreign snake handlers and experts are wary of the Black Mamba and rightly so. However, the other side of the coin is this; due to misplaced beliefs and superstitions, the Black Mamba has been given a worse “rap” than it deserves with facts falling by the wayside. Things have been made worse TV documentaries exaggerating things for dramatic effect. Here are a couple of facts about this most impressive of serpents, some of which also apply to other snakes:

1. A potentially dangerous and somewhat unpredictable snake.

2. Aggressive and will bite at the slightest provocation but seldom without provocation.

3. There are only 4 conditions under which a black mamba will attack or chase a human being:

  1. Mating season. Most animals tend to be more aggressive during mating season. This starts in October and ends around the middle of December, during which time males will actively seek a mate, engaging in combat with each other and females are releasing pheromones.
  2. When a perceived threat comes between the snake and its lair.
  3. When its lair is under physical attack; i.e. the destruction of anthills for building materials and felling of trees.
  4. When the snake perceives that it is cornered with no means of escape (it will fight).

4. Any other living thing that is larger than the snake and which happens to venture too close to the snake will be perceived as a threat and it will defend itself. First response to threat is to escape or remain undetected.

5.Snakes want only two things; food and shelter. They are primitive animals and live purely by instinct. Having said that, in comparison to other snakes, cobras and mambas show more “intelligence” but it is “responsive” intelligence (meaning, they will figure a way out of a situation or return to a place previously frequented based on instinct). They cannot just think up ideas.

6. Mambas and cobras are territorial. What this means is they will take up residence in an anthill, hollow tree or a rock outcrop and as long as there is enough food, will remain there sometimes for years, seldom venturing more than 2km from the lair to hunt. The territory is not “defended” throughout the ± area, this is simply an area within which the snake moves and hunts. It will only defend its lair when perceived threats get too close.

7. “Rule of thumb” when releasing a mamba away from its normal “territory” is to take it more than 5km from the place of origin. It cannot find its way back at that distance if it is released in a place that has enough potential lairs and there is enough food sources.


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Date added: Aug 4, 2015 Snake Handling at A & L Exotics

We are delighted to have received a series of photographs from Andy Martin, who is using a range of our products for handling a number of venomous snake species.

Andy runs a reptile shop, which we are confident you will like. If you have any requirements for venomous snake species or need advise, then feel free to contact him directly.

Andy Martin
A & L Exotics
Tel; 07500 777829

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