Q:How did you learn how to handle wild herps? What type of field training gave you that experience? (In short, how can I be just like you some day?)
I started handling lizards and amphibians when I was very young, and learned quickly how best to handle and especially catch them without harming them. At that age I had nobody but myself to teach me the best ways, so I learned by trial and error. I was taught how to safely handle snakes by a couple of American herpetologists in Madagascar when I was 14, among them Bill Love - well-known snake photographer and Madagascar enthusiast. I got more experience and instruction in pinning and handling feisty snakes when I was 18 from other herpetologists. I have now taught about 40 people how to handle herps safely.
To get this kind of training can be difficult. If you are in the US, you could meet up with field herpers via http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/, many of whom are well-enough experienced to give you the tuition you need. Alternatively you can find a reputable reptile breeder in your area and request that they teach you handling techniques.
Nobody gives out licenses for this in America. In Germany, courses are available and indeed are mandatory if you want to keep some species (e.g. large constrictors and venomous snakes). On the whole though, it is a matter of integrity and personal safety. Working outside your safety/comfort zone is stupid. Do not do it.
Note: If you want to learn to handle venomous snakes (and happen to be in Australia), AVOID http://www.snakehandlingcourses.com.au/ AT ALL COSTS. It is run by Raymond ‘The Menace’ Hoser and is probably the single best way to ruin your own reputation. You do not want to be painted with the same brush as him. Ever.
Found a baby rattle snake in my mom’s back yard #snake #rattlesnake
This is a baby rat snake. Not a rattlesnake.
Also , did you know that 80% of all snake bites occur when someone is trying to kill a snake? Meaning you were risking your life to kill an animal that wants nothing to do with you and will try to avoid you at any cost.
So congrats on killing a defenseless animal after mistaking it for an animal with slightly more defense.
why can’t people understand to just NOT kill snakes or other animals out of fear?