Reptile Handling & Reptile Relocation Course
One day reptile handling and relocation course to industry and the general public. We teach safe, zero-contact handling methods, and we supply all handling equipment and safety gear.
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Hands on Wildlife offers and intensive, one day reptile handling and relocation course to industry based customers and the general public. Safety is our main priority, and we teach safe, zero-contact handling methods, and we supply all handling equipment and safety gear.

The course is designed for people who are interested in gaining experience in reptile handling (including venomous snakes) so that they may legally relocate reptiles or qualify to keep venomous snakes in a private collection.

Reptile Handling/Relocation Course content includes:

  • Identification
  • Behaviour
  • Venom and envenomation
  • Snake bite first aid techniques
  • Snake handling techniques (hooks, tongs, entanglements)
  • Other reptle handling techniques (lizards, including large monitor lizards)
  • Habitat and release site identification
  • Recognising and managing sick and injured reptiles

The course consists of an comprehensive theory session in the morning and then an intensive practical session in the afternoon.

Participants will gain experience handling a variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes and other reptiles.

Regular courses are scheduled for Townsville and Cairns region throughout the year.  Contact us today for dates, prices and to register your interest.

Private, on-site courses throughout Queensland are also available.  We can bring our custom snake handling pit and all required AV equipment directly to your site.  Contact us today for your custom quote.  (Minimum and maximum numbers apply).

Damage Mitigation Permit Qualification:

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has assessed and approved our course content.  The certicifate of completion from our course can be used by participants as part of their damage mitigation permit so that they can legally relocate snakes in Queensland.

DMP Application



Dan Bamblett has over 20 years of professional experience working with snakes. A qualified fauna spotter catcher and damage mitigation permit holder, he has experience with both captive snakes in confined spaces and wild snakes in disturbed habitat.

Instructing courses for the past 8 years, Dan ensures that everyone participating in the course is safe and comfortable.