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Animal Handling Safety Gloves

We are proud to introduce the Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves.

Venom Defender gloves have been widely used as an extra line of defence against the bites of highly venomous snake species such as King Cobra, Black Mamba, Gaboon Viper, Rattlesnake, Australian Elapids as well as Pit Vipers and True Vipers.

Venom Defender gloves may also assist in protecting against serious laceration injuries that bites from large snakes such as Reticulated Python, African Rock python, Boas and Anacondas can inflict.

Venom Defender gloves may also provide protection against the bites and scratches of large lizards such as Nile Monitor Lizard and Iguana.

Working safely with Venom Defender gloves will make all interactions a pleasure for you and your reptile.

Venom Defender gloves - An essential aid when handling large or aggressive snakes or reptiles.

It is important to note and realise that these gloves are not guaranteed to be puncture proof, but instead are highly puncture resistant.

They should therefore only be used as an extra line of defence, and as an addition to good handling techniques!

We have supplied (and have endorsements from companies such as):

  • ZSL London Zoo, UK
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust / Jersey Zoo
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens, UK
  • Marwell Zoo, UK
  • Paignton Zoo, UK
  • Zoološki vrt Grada Zagreba, Croatia
  • Faunia, Madrid, Spain
  • Zoological and Botanical Garden of the Plzen Town, Czech Republic
  • Reptile Village Zoo, Ireland
  • Universeum Gothenburg, Sweden
  • TerraZoo Buro, Rheinberg, Germany
  • Filaretic, Germany
  • Bangor University, UK
  • University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Kosice, Slovakia
  • Singapore Zoo and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Malaysia

West Midlands Safari Park has classed Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves as an integral part of their Health & Safety procedure.


Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves (Hercules™ 3180 R8E)

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are intended as an 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 highly puncture resistant. Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are effectively used against puncture wounds. Trusted by many zoo and aquarium experts around the world.

Each and every person wanting to use these gloves for such dangerous activities as handling venomous snakes must do so on the understanding that they are fully responsible for their own actions. The handling of venomous snakes and other reptiles should only ever be attempted by a trained expert.

Wear & tear is not an option, especially when handling venomous snakes. When gloves are damaged we strongly recommend that these should be replaced.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are ultimately not designed for this purpose and service life cannot be specified as this depends on application and responsibility of the user to ascertain suitability of the glove for its intended use.

3 Layers of high performance SuperFabric® brand material technology – engineered to provide the highest level of needle-, and cut protection available on the market. Protection areas include palm, fingers, back of hand, in between fingers and fore arm.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves should be stored in dry conditions in its original package. When gloves are stored as recommended these will not suffer change in mechanical properties for up to 5 years from the date of manufacture.

Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are machine washable at 30c and will dry within 6 hours. Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves are not waterproof.

Venom Defender gloves and DWA (Dangerous Wild Animals License)

In the UK one requires a dangerous wild animals license to keep venomous snakes.

Venom Defender gloves may prove in future to be an aid for people wishing to actually qualify and obtain a DWA license.

After carefully considering the important role of Venom Defender Gloves as a first line of defence when handling venomous snakes, the Bolsover District Council has followed 2 other councils in making owning a pair of Hexarmor 3180 R8E Venom Defender Gloves a legal requirement when applying for a DWA (Dangerous Wild Animals Licence).

Inspecting vets have approved of this extra line of defence.

The following councils have now implemented the new legal requirement:

  • East Northamptonshire Council
  • Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Bolsover District Council