This course is designed for adults who either work in an industry where encounters with these animals are possible, law enforcement officials, or a group that wants to gain knowledge and experience with handling common pet trade and/or native animals. This training also includes instruction by experienced herpetologists, hands on experiences with many animals, and helpful feedback on techniques from trained professionals.

Topics include:

  • What makes a reptile a reptile and how to identify common species
  • Tools of the trade
  • Differences between turtles & tortoises
  • How to pick up, relocate, or transport multiple types of reptiles
  • Native protected animals and the regulations that affect them
  • Common pet trade snakes
  • Identifying and handling non-venomous snakes
  • How to identify a Gila monster and what to do if one is encountered
  • Basic care needs of pet reptiles
  • What to do and who to call if illegal animals are encountered or suspected

Participants: Minimum of 5 participants (18+ only)

Time: 1 hour

Cost: $100 per person


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Fire officials learn how to properly use tongs to move a (non-venomous) gopher snake!