Renowned author Marais to host Snake Course at Crocworld Conservation Centre

Crocworld Conservation Centre in proud association with the African Snakebite Institute will be hosting a Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebite and Venomous Snake Handling Course on Saturday, 9th June 2018.


The hugely informative course, which will run between 09h00 and 16h00, will be hosted by internationally renowned author and herpetologist Johan Marais. Marais has published A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa, Snakes and Snakebite and First Aid for Snakebite, and has over forty years of experience in his field.


Marais is the leading snake expert for the Tygerberg Poison Centre and the Red Cross Poison Centre, as well as advisor to various hospitals and clinics throughout Africa.


“Southern Africa has over one hundred and seventy-one different types of snakes, of which the black mamba is the most dangerous because of its size and neurotoxic venom. Seventy-two of these are not venomous and fifty are mildly venomous but not dangerous,” said Marais. “This course is useful for people who want to learn more about snakes, or those who often encounter snakes in their surroundings. Although it is very informative for adults, I have often had children as young as twelve attending,” added Marais.


The course will cover a variety of subjects, including snake awareness, identification, behavior, myths and legends, first aid for snakebite, scorpion stings and spider bites, as well as teaching delegates how to safely capture and relocate venomous snakes.

The African Snakebite Institute is the leading training provider of snake awareness, first aid for snakebite and venomous snake handling courses in Africa. The course is endorsed by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for CPD points.


Crocworld Conservation Centre manager Martin Rodrigues said, “Johan Marais is one of the most highly experienced specialists in the field of snakes, and we are pleased that he will be hosting this course at Crocworld.”  Rodrigues, also an extremely well-recognised herpetologist highlighted that snakes were prevalent on the South Coast due to its dense natural habitats therefore it was important for people to learn how to react if they encountered a snake.


The snake safety course will cost R1500.00 per person. For bookings, please email Ashley on