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 - 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.

Venom Defender Leg Guards

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.

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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

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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.

Wrigglies tubing a Forest Cobra
Wrigglies tubing a Forest Cobra 2

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Date added: Mar 9, 2015 Wrigglies Juniors Snake Tubing

Check out this awesome clip from Wrigglies Juniors where a youngster learns how to tube a snake:

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Date added: Feb 10, 2015 Paul L. Lloyd retrieves a Forest Cobra

We are pleased to have received yet another exciting feature from Paul L. Lloyd!

Hi Clem,

I had the pleasure of retrieving a 1.9m Forest Cobra from my General Manager’s house last week Friday.

Thought I would send you some pics of me using some of your equipment / gloves.

I’ve also included some info on the Forest Cobra based on my Weekly Newsflashes.

Kind Regards,
Paul L. Lloyd

Training Systems Coordinator (Program development, Staff Development, Quality Control)
First Quantum Minerals & Operations
North Western Province
Mobile: +260 96 584 5576
Bolder, Smarter, Driven

Download Paul's Week 10 Newsflash

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Date added: Feb 3, 2015 More great photos from a Wrigglies handling course

Thanks again to Wrigglies for providing this series of photographs taken during one of their handling courses.

Dave Clemens handles a Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta) using our Mini Hook

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Marco Alexandre Marques a Forest Cobra - Naja melanoleuca

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Francisco Coimbra handling a Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca)

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Tubing a Gaboon Viper (Bitis Gabonica)

Tubing a Gaboon Viper (Bitis Gabonica)

Tubing a Gaboon Viper (Bitis Gabonica)

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Date added: Feb 2, 2015 Amazing photos of a Flying Tree Snake being Tubed

Big thanks to Harry John La-Page for sending us these amazing photographs!

Flying Tree Snake being tubed

Flying Tree Snake being tubed

"I made these pictures of my Flying Tree Snake (chryslopelea) when I was giving her a health check. I was checking to see how her nose was healing up as she is a WC import".

Harry is the Animal Attendant Apprentice at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre.

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Date added: Jan 27, 2015 Luke Rutherford gives an insight into his snake room

Luke Rutherford has provided us with visuals of his snake room and himself handling three species of his well looked after venomous snakes.

More vivs added to his venomous room, now awaiting the hatchling rack.


Sri Lankan Spectacled Cobra (Naja Naja) handled with O’Shea Hook

Sri Lankan Spectacled Cobra (Naja Naja) handled with O’Shea Hook


Palm Viper (Bothriechis lateralis) handled with a Mini Hook

Luke using our O'Shea Snake Hook Long Standard Hook


Luke using Snake Restraining Tube to health inspect his Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)

Palm Viper (Trimiseurus trigoncephalus) handled with a Mini Hook.


Luke using Snake Restraining Tube to health inspect his Monocled Cobra (Naja kaouthia)


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