Practical Handling Training


$200 Melbourne

$350 Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin (Interstate courses)

The Practical handling training is a full day of working with a variety of reptiles to gain experience and to be assessed for competency.  We work with Lizards, Monitors, Pythons, Colubrids and Elapids, giving you a well rounded day.  The day will start with a practical experience of identification using dichotomous keys and snake skins, this will complete the unit on Snake Identification. Next we move onto working with techniques such as pinning, hooking and tongs, using rubber snakes as the working tools so that we eliminate the risks to both you and the animal.  After completing this session we put away some of the tools and start to focus on the practical handling of live animals, using tools and our own hands, we will work with you to ensure you have a well rounded approaching to snake and reptile handling.

You must complete the online E-learning course ($275) prior to attending the practical courses unless you are doing refresher training.  

We are often asked about refresher training, this is also an excellent opportunity for people to improve their skills and refresh the information they have gained in the past (you will need to supply evidence of previous training such as your statement of attainment from an RTO please check with us prior to purchase if you have not completed Nationally Recognised Training).

We use both dragon lizards and Varanids (monitors)



And some of the elapids used in the training include:

Australaps (Copperheads)

Acanthophis (Death Adders)

Pseudechis (Black Snakes)

Pseudonaja (Brown Snakes)

It is a violation of the Veterinary Practices Act to operate on an animal without the procedure having medical benefit to the animals, also milking snakes creates a biological material that must be properly processed and disposed of (its a biohazardous material), it is also a procedure that require specific animal ethics approval. So these snakes are just as you would find them in the wild. Our staff are well trained in the handling of snakes and reptiles along with being qualified assessors and trainers, they are also qualified in appropriate first aid for any potential injuries, not that we would expect anything to fact there has never been a student injured on one of our courses since Sean took the helm in 2005......a record we strive to maintain.

To book follow this link and select the Practical handling course that is closest to you:

Snake Handling Courses

2021 Training Dates:

  • Melbourne 2021

    27th January

    17th February

    13th March

    26th May

    28th July

    15th September

    23rd October

    24th November

    18th December


    Brisbane 2021 *subject to covid-19 border restrictions*


    Townsville 2021 *subject to covid-19 border restrictions*


    Cairns 2021 *subject to covid-19 border restrictions*


    Darwin 2020 *subject to covid-19 border restrictions*

  • If these dates don't suit you, try arranging a group of between 2-10 people and we can quote to attend any part of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory!!

*Due to Victoria's new traffic light system for border access, Snakehandler reserve the right to postpone a course prior to commencement or cease a course at any time to ensure staff can return to Victoria should there be a sudden border closure.