I've come accross Venom Defender gloves for the first time at ZLS/London Zoo. The confidence the keepers were able to handle otherwise potentially dangerous animals and the, therefore, so much calmer and less stressed animals sold them to me.
I bought a pair to test them in our collection and yes, they feel stiff initially. But after using and washing them for a few weeks (and choosing the right size!) they do become very comfortable to wear.
The gloves allow us to train new keepers on venomous snakes with much more confidence and to handle difficult or potentially dangerous reptiles so much more easily and, mostly, without stressing them out through full constraint.
I have introduced the gloves to our mammal department as well, especially for work with otters and tamarins/marmosets.
Although I already experienced a fantastic customer service when buying our first pair of gloves it was a pleasure to recently meet Clem and Maureen in person. So many ideas, so much dedication and such good people!
Matt Goetz, Head of Herpetology, Durrell Wildlife Conservation TrustJan 6, 2013, 18:19
I have just purchased a python hook and a pair of collapsible gentle giant tongs I must say the products are of superb quality and I used them to relocate my snakes the day I got them with excellent results. The service I got from Clem and his team was second to none and would recommend them to anyone, and I know if I want anything else I know where to go.
David PollardSep 5, 2012, 23:46
greetings, talk to Clem and maureen on the need of the M1 (COLLAPSIBLE) Snake Tong 40" *CONVERTED*, as in Venezuela are working with reptiles and many times we are exposed to a potential danger. a large group of people, we are dedicated to preserve and conserve our species, giving talks and showing people the reptiles. I want to say that the products they offer are of high quality, very practical and safe handling of poisonous snakes .... once again thanks! Snake Professional.... also the Venom Defender snake Gloves the latest technology and the world safer handling reptiles...
Faritt Masmud, herpetologist from Venezuela, Serpentario EscuqueSep 4, 2012, 18:13
Spoke to Clem today about a snake hook to be used on large pythons, all I can really say this man has gone out of his way to help me and source the tool I really need! Anything I need I need in the future I will come straight back!
Ian EnfieldJul 9, 2012, 23:04
We have found that the venom defender gloves offer an unprecendented level of confidence and safety when handling lizards such monitors and Heloderms.
Additionally, they provide a safety level unparalleled when working with venomous snakes. We still use hooks and tubes, but feel much safer having these gloves available as well.
They do feel a bit stiff initially, but soften up nicely once they have been washed a few times.
Many thanks to Clem and Maureen for offering help and guidance and very friendly advice.
Tim Skelton, Curator of Reptiles & Amphibians, Bristol Zoo Gardens, UK
Tim SkeltonJul 6, 2012, 14:41
Venom Defender Snake Gloves are absolutely perfect help for handling of poisonous animals. I had tried to work with them some time ago while visiting my friends and I was satisfied, so I ordered them, too. It's amazing that when I work with them in a vivarium, animals are not aggressive at all, they let me handle them and they do not attack me (Mamba, Cobra, Viper). I tried them on a terrain research project that examines species Vipera berus snakes. It was a better trapping and fixing in collaboration with Set Tube Snake retraining set. I recommend these gloves to other breeders, scientists and veterinarians who are handling with dangerous animals.
Set Snake Retraining Tube set: It is an excellent protective agent in the investigation of animal as well as a protection whilst drug applications, or for the collection of biological samples in terrain conditions.
Cooperation with the Professional Snake team was very good. I am very pleased with the professional communication with a customer. It was also very quick and smooth delivery of goods on order within the EU. I recommend the Snake Professional to other colleagues and I believe that our cooperation will continue in the future.
Dr. Vladimir Petrilla, DVM., University of veterinary medicine and pharmacy in Kosice, SlovakiaJun 11, 2012, 15:55
I initially e-mailed Clem and Maureen for some advice and further information about a snake hook for large retics and was given a level of customer service I am not particularly used to. Clem and Maureen responded with all the information I was asking for so I ordered a large hook from them along with some tongs. The customer service I received after making payment was again outstanding. My purchases arrived and after eventually breaking into the package (which was extremely well packaged) I was delighted to discover that the hook and tongs were even better than described. Both are of very high quality and I am absolutely delighted with them! I will purchase from Clem and Maureen again and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to others. Thank you both!
Nigel DaviesMay 13, 2012, 08:50
I study snake behaviour and frequently use intregrative approach to snake biology. I am interested in behavioural and chemical ecology of snakes, snake and reptile cognition in general. We probably have the largest permanent academic living snake colony in Europe.
I must say that I do not handle snakes very frequently. Even when I clean the cages, I use hooks, do not handle them or, if handling is required, it is restricted to absolute minimum. Of course, when I present food (dead, freshly-killed or thawed mice and rats), the gloves are always on. I have several 40 cm long forceps, 7 small ones for force-feeding of the babies and 4 very long ones. And 3 long and 2 medium hooks.
I can say all the best about your gloves. We are able to handle very hot animals without any problems. Here, one can buy some kind of quite thick gloves for doing work around high voltage electricity, but I was always quite nervous when handling, say, Bothrops with these gloves. Now, no problem/anxiety with handling.
The ultimate test for the gloves was 1.6 m Bothrops asper female. Grabbed near the head, it immediately turned and bit the glove. The amount of venom ejected was astonishing but - nothing happened. The gloves passed the test!
Prof. Dr. Zoran Tadic, CroatiaApr 20, 2012, 17:28
When I first heard about the Venom Defender gloves I, like most people I think, was a little sceptical.
“There’s no way we’ll ever be using those at the zoo” was my initial thought.
So it came as a bit of a surprise when I first saw them in use at the King Cobra Sanctuary, in the experienced hands (or on I should say) of Luke Yeomans.
Now anyone that has had the pleasure and honour of seeing Luke at work will testify to the grace and respect with which he handles his animals.
I am a firm believer that most snakes, venomous or not, handled in this manner repay the respect given to them by being a calm captive and a pleasure to handle.
What I saw with the Venom Defender gloves added a new angle to this approach.
Sure, most people could use a pair of tongs and apply such force and restraint to the animal to limit its movement, but you will have a much angrier and therefore potentially more dangerous snake in your hands.
So, after some deliberation I got in contact with Snake Professional recently and ordered a couple of pairs of gloves.
It’s been said before but Clem and Maureen are not only fantastic to deal with but REALLY nice people.
There’s not many people that treat you like an old friend the first time you meet them and it’s refreshing to meet such nice people involved with the business.
We have only used the gloves thus far with monitors and heloderms, but it’s incredible to see how the animals respond to careful handing as opposed to traditional restraint methods.
We’ll never be as hands on with our venomous snakes as Luke say, but the gloves are without doubt a very useful tool.
Along with things like tubes (which Snake Professional also supply!) they provide an extra line of defence and reduce stress and injury to all involved.
Dr Ian Stephen Curator of Herpetology, Zoological Society of LondonJun 28, 2011, 17:53
The gloves are pretty comfortable and not that stiff as i tought before...
safety is the most important thing about handling snakes!
Wolfgang Dibiasi (herpetologist from italy)Mar 4, 2011, 10:40