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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 Close Encounters

We are extremely pleased to have had some great feedback from Brian Katz @ the NJ Snake Man

‘Jerry Hillard from Snakeman's Snake Shows in New York  was training me to handle some of his venomous snake species that I have never encountered before. Check out this picture in which I am holding a Mangrove snake owned by him, whilst wearing venom defender gloves.

The venom defender gloves are one of the main pieces of safety equipment that Jerry uses when handling venomous snakes in his collection which includes rattlesnakes and cobras.

Jerry's website is http://www.jerrythesnakeman.com

I am currently working as a presenter for NJ Snake Man and our website is http://www.njsnakeman.com

Both of our companies do educational programs using snakes.

Thank you.’

Brian Katz
NJ Snake Man

Picture taken by Jerry Hillard

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Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are intended as and extra line of security and should not be taken as a substitute of good handling techniques. Although not guaranteed to be puncture proof Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are trusted by many experts.

Date added: Aug 21, 2014 Knowledge Awareness & Responsibility

We are proud to have supplied César Quiroga Giraldo of Serpentario Nacional in Colombia with our Venom Defender Gloves.

In this picture César safely handles a Coral Snake (Micrurus Isozonus)

For more information about César, his projects and the incredible work he conducts, see below:

www.serpientesdecolombia.org
www.facebook.com/herpetario.nacional

César Quiroga Giraldo
Serpentario Nacional
Conocimiento Conciencia Responsabilidad
Sensibilidad Ambiental

Tel: +57 3123384817

cesarquirogagiraldo@serpientesdecolombia.org
info@serpientesdecolombia.org
serpentarionacional@hotmail.com

Twitter: @colombiasnakes


ALWAYS note:
Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are intended as and extra line of security and should not be taken as a substitute of good handling techniques. Although not guaranteed to be puncture proof Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are trusted by many experts.

Date added: Aug 21, 2014 Project Chicchan

Rowland Griffin and his team embark on yet another exciting expedition to the jungle of Guatemala!

New Autumn dates for 2014: DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

Visit the website if you are interested to be part of their pioneering conservation project:
www.project-chicchan.co.uk

Special £100 discount offer if you pay your deposit before 31/08/14

Date added: Aug 21, 2014 Herping in Israël 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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Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are intended as and extra line of security and should not be taken as a substitute of good handling techniques. Although not guaranteed to be puncture proof Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are trusted by many experts.

Date added: May 26, 2014 Karsten Wöllner handling Pythons at FilaRetic - Germany

Karsten has been handling his Reticulated Pythons and Burmese Pythons with our Venom Defender Gloves.

Not only does he and his team enjoy the ideal combination of protection and dexterity, but he has reported back to us that his work-time has been drastically reduced.

Before he started using our gloves he would have to take a lot of time preparing to go in and restrain huge Reticulated Pythons which could measure up to 20ft (7 meters)!

Since wearing our gloves he can go in and get straight to work – as he has a lot more confidence due to the fact that he is safe from injuries. He estimated that he has been able to cut his time by half!

For more information, please visit: www.filaretic.com

Here Karsten handles a WC Mocha female:



Here Karsten handles an adult WC burm male:



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Date added: May 26, 2014 Harold van der Ploeg is featured on Dutch School TV called ‘Nieuws? Uit de natuur’

Harold demonstrates the milking of a saw-scaled viper. He asks one of the 2 presenters to wear a Venom Defender Glove when he assists Harold.

Harold himself uses a Mini Hook, Slanted 16” Tweezers and our Snake Restraining Tubes.

Check out the TV show footage




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Date added: May 23, 2014 Michael O. Jørgensen of Biozoo Information in Denmark handles a small Crocodilian with Venom Defender Gloves

Here a Caiman is handled safely with Venom Defender Gloves, during a demonstration by Bio / Zoo Information.

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Date added: May 23, 2014 Michael O. Jørgensen of Biozoo Information in Denmark handles Heloderma with Venom Defender Gloves

Venom Defender Gloves are demonstrated as an extra line of defence during safety handling courses organised by Bio / Zoo Information.

Here a photograph shows a Helodema being handled safely with Venom Defender Gloves at ‘Terrarium Vissenbjerg, Int. Reptile Zoo’

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Date added: May 22, 2014 Johann Prescher on Adder research in The Netherlands

Hi, my name is Johann Prescher. I life in the Netherlands where I perform a bachelor study in wildlife management.

Since 2013 I perform a research on the common adder (Vipera berus) in the Netherlands. In cooperation with nature conservationists I gather information about this species life history, ecology and abundance in one area.

I capture them and plot their location with a GPS, also writing down some details on the weather, vegetation etc. By making photos of the head scales, it is possible to recognize individuals by making a formula from the different series of these scales.

This year I already recognized a few specimens from past year. So what do I get to know from all this information? Hibernation areas in the terrain, vegetation preferences, distribution of the species, demographic factors and over a longer time it is possible to estimate age for instance.

You get to know if a population does well, there are many small populations due to barriers in the landscape, this can cause inbreeding depressions for instance and populations get more sensitive for bottleneck factors. 

All this information is useful to the terrain manager for implementing measures to conserve certain landscape characteristics and conserve rare species. With this information this can be done without harming the adder population since the adder is a key species for certain habitat types and an indicator for proper nature management measures.

During my research I use Venom Defender Gloves which I bought at www.snakeprofessional.com.

Since the adder is a potentially dangerous snake and caused deaths in the past, these hand gloves are important for protecting me from bites. Since I bought them, not one of the more then hundreds of bites punctured the glove.

It gives me the confidence I need during my data collection in the field. Also these gloves give a better feeling handling the snake, thinking about animal welfare.

Earlier, welding gloves were used, whereby you cannot feel any detail on the snakes body or how tight to handle the snake (which was potentially harmful for the snake).

I recommend Venom Defender Gloves to others and I recommend SnakeProfessional as a quick and reliable supplier.

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