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

Optional upgrade to include tongs/bucket to be used in potential relocations = $85


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