I am supported by a team of experienced instructors and we conduct courses for the general public, gardeners, shire rangers, mining companies and government agencies throughout Western Australia.
The full one day course is sanctioned by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) as a certification to apply to become a registered Reptile Removalist - “Reg 17” holder for either Private or Work related purposes.
When your knowledge level is down your fear level is high in any subject involving potentially dangerous activities. This course enables you, through practiced knowledge to lower that fear level to the point of control and respect for what you are doing. Not only respect for the reptile but also yourself by wearing the correct protective clothing, using the correct tools and having the right approach both physically and mentally. Making snake removal and relocation safe for you and the reptile.
We offer all the training and gear needed to catch snakes and transport them with safety.
Bins as containers are what I recommend for safe capture and safe transport to a relocation site.
I have gone through the changes in catching gear and techniques over the past fifty years and have progressed to using a gentle giant 1.1 meter grabber/tong and a deep V mild steel hook as catching devices. This gives me control over the snake while I am catching it.
If I am not in control then who is?
By having a 75 litre size bin (with a dark cloth in the bottom) for a container means I am free to use both tools at the same time. This adds to the ease of manoeuvring the reptile into a position where lifting is not only safe but less stressful to the animal.
Snakes are less fearful of something coming from below than above; as I slide the hook under its belly with a slow lift I can simply apply enough pressure with the tongs to lift the snake into the bin. On with the lid, lock down with the wire handles then secure between the handles with cord and I can transport the snake anywhere.
The dark cloth in the bottom of the bin gives the snake a place to head to once lowered into the bin, same reason dark hoop bags work in open areas.
Of course the bin is heavily signed with warning signs of what is actually in the bin.
The other advantage of using two tools particularly the tongs means catching in confined spaces, wells or cavities is achievable.
Be careful if you choose thin grabbers with strong claws they can actually cause injuries or stress to a snake. That is why I only recommend the 55mm wide, made in USA gentle giant grabbers.
Bins with cloth in them provide a safe and comfortable place for the snake to be in until released. They can not bite you through the bin.
Bins can be clearly identified with caution signs.
Allows you to use both hands and two tools.
Transport and releasing is much safer.
If you need to ID the snake it is easier in a bin.
I recommend the two wired handled 75 litre SABCO or Stormaid brands.
Bob is supported by a small team of team of experienced and caring reptile handlers.
Bob Cooper was born in Western Australia and his passion for reptiles started in the wetlands of the Swan River. In his late teens Bob was already known as a snake catcher in his local area. Now forty years later he has experienced the changes in the techniques and equipment for reptile rescue not only in Australia but in Texas working part time for the Parks and Wildlife service and in Africa when he spent time in Botswana and South Africa. This wealth of knowledge combined with his teaching manner; offer people on his courses a safe and respectful way to learn how to catch and relocate snakes.
As the son of an eminent zoologist Ian Dunnet grew up on a Scottish research station where ecology was a prominent part of his formative years.
His first encounter with venomous species came when a horned viper was discovered in the midst of a desert camp. He recalls the panic which overtook everyone. Most people wanted the snake destroyed, instead he simply scooped up the viper on a shovel, walked it a good safe distance and watched it bury itself in the sand.
I first started working with Bob Cooper in 2005 conducting various Survival and also Tracking courses. It was at this time I first attended one of his snake catching & relocation courses.
Since then I have assisted on many more and recently started conducting the courses myself.