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Introduction: Basic information about this course and your instructors at Snake Getters.
Realistic Assessment of Danger: When you are called on to deal with a snake situation, the first thing to do is to make a realistic assessment of danger so that you can respond appropriately. In many cases a response may not be neccessary or may not be practical.
Snake Safety Guidelines: Once you have made a realistic assessment and determined that there is a need for your intervention, follow these snake safety guidelines to minimize your risks and gain calm control of the situation.
Safe Snake Handling: Key concepts in safe snake handling are extending your reach with long tools and staying at a safe distance. You can use common household objects as makeshift tools if you do not have professional snake handling tools available.
Handling Tools and Techniques: Learn how to obtain and use professional snake handling tools to minimize your safety risks.
Relocation: Decide whether a snake should be moved a short distance or removed from the area. Relocating wildlife long distances (more than 500 feet) is a job that should be left to the experts.
Containment and transport: Secure the snake in a sturdy temporary container and decide how the animal will be transported.
Domestic Snake Problems: Pet snakes can cause problems that an officer may have to deal with, such as bites and injuries to owners or unidentified and possibly venomous snakes at an investigation scene.
Snake Bite: If you are bitten, don't panic. Most snake bites are not fatal or even serious. Here's what you should do.
Nuisance snake calls: This is what you're likely to hear over the phone when you get a snake complaint. Listen for these key phrases that will help you assess the situation and decide whether or not you should respond.
Central Florida's Venomous Snakes: Important safety information about Central Florida's "big four", the cottonmouth or water moccasin, coral snake, pygmy rattler and Eastern diamondback, with appropriate handling and containment techniques for each species.
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