Snake Handling Training Courses

Snake Course Outline

Tiger Snake

Learn best practice techniques for managing venomous snakes and other potentially hazardous wildlife with our wildlife safety courses. Train with the latest equipment for optimum safety and welfare of trainee and snakes!

Animal Ark Pty Ltd is a DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service licensed and endorsed provider of this specialist venomous snake handling course.

Professional and knowledgeable trainer - herpetologist David Manning has worked with many different snake species from across the world for 30 years.

Education and personal empowerment - it is education and training - but we have some fun too. Successful completion of the course enables your staff to apply to DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service in Western Australia for a Regulation 17 licence for Reptile Removalists and to EHP (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) in Queensland for a Damage Mitigation Permit.

This practical course, linked to occupational health and safety, OH&S, responsibilities, comprises:

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  • Tailored introduction for your particular region.
  • Hazardous wildlife overview.
  • Fear factor - a natural human response.
  • Reptile behaviour and understanding snakes.
  • Site awareness and invasion prevention.
  • Legal / moral responsibilities.
  • Utilizing protective clothing and equipment.
  • Appropriate first aid for bites and stings.
  • Snake catch and release in practice with live venomous snakes in strictly supervised setting.
  • No prior experience required - suits any age/educational background.
  • 1 day course.
  • Maximum 8 per course.
  • Certificate and take home manual provided.
  • FREE Australian Bites & Stings First Aid Kit for every attendee.
  • Recommended equipment available for purchase. (visit our shop)

Certification enables participants aged 18+ to apply to DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service (in WA) for a Reptile Removalist's Regulation 17 Licence and to EHP (in Queensland) for a Damage Mitigation Permit.


$390 + gst per person ($429 inc gst), lunch included at our location. Student discount available.

Perth scheduled courses run from North Beach 6020. For group bookings (minimum 4) we can schedule new dates to suit.

For on-site and remote site training please contact us for a quote.

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Please see our Terms and Conditions for all training courses.

This course is also part of a 2 day Fauna Handler Training Course.

  • ANIMAL ARK is a DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service approved and licenced training course provider.
  • Regular Perth-based training.
  • Can travel to you.
  • Student discounts available.
  • Trainer David Manning is an experienced, well-respected herpetologist, author and general professional naturalist. As an educator (Cert IV TAE) he is engaging and effective with people of all ages and abilities.
"Full of knowledge, enthusiasm and interesting. Great course and good safety approach. Covers many areas. Thanks for coming!"
Apache employee, Devil Creek
"Just to say thanks for the great course you delivered here on site at the Nova project, your enthusiasm, passion and knowledge are very evident during the training session and will be very helpful to us as all creatures great and small start waking up/moving around again after a pretty cold winter here!"
OHS Manager, Nova Operations
"We discussed the course this morning and everyone was wrapped with it. Congrats to you and your staff on being able to run such a course. On a personal note I would like to say the way you run the course is the reason why people are able to come out with some confidence. The mannerism and calmness presented yesterday was definitely reassuring to me and my crew."
Blair Bloomfield, City of Melville Piney Lakes Education Centre
"Good mix of theory and prac. Going into this I had a strong fear of snakes, now I have a healthy respect."
P Stevens, Apache, Devil Creek Person in Charge
"David was an excellent teacher, very professional and informative. The course was thoroughly enjoyable."
Roy Hill staff member
" What I liked about the course was the steady progression, allowing me to develop confidence and skills. Everything was covered that I needed and plenty of opportunity to ask. Thank you so much. Your manner was calming and reassuring. Thank you for a fabulous day."
Course attendee