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Australian Venomous Snakes: Travel Diary and NEW Handling Courses on Home Turf

Author: Craig Adams
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012

We have finally returned from our field trip / family adventure to the Flinders Ranges via Western NSW.  There is not much to report on the snake front as the weather was a bit too cool for many of the cold blooded creatures out west.  However we did encounter a King Brown, who looked like it had only just been hit by passing traffic, but judging from its body condition, the snakes out this way appear to be doing very well.
With all the recent rains the bird life was spectacular and we added a whole flock of species to our bird list, with the help of Michael Morcombes e guide app – priceless! 

And, anyone who is lucky enough to travel this way will always see their fair share of these delightful critters.  The Shingleback lizard, that is, not the small human.  They are also known as bobtails, sleepy lizards, stumpy lizards or horseshoe lizards. 

Now, we may not have been wrangling snakes out west this time around but we all know Craig has been training zoo keepers to handle some of the most venomous snakes in Australia to professional standard for many years.  And recently, SSSAFE has been training Field Ecologists and Sport and Recreation Officers in the capture and relocation of venomous snakes.  Now this can be a tricky business, however, the training methods, techniques & equipment are second to none as they afford high levels of safety, risk management.  Not to mention being kind to the snakes. 

As one of our trainees said “In all seriousness, this is one of the best courses I have ever attended.  The presenters were outstanding (why, thankyou), the resources were quality (you better believe it!) and the practical sessions were “engaging”! (does this have something to do with the deadly snakes and spiders?)

If you feel your business has a legitimate need to control venomous snake incursions at your workplace, without having to rely on volunteers from the community to do the job, contact SSSAFE to sign up for the next competency based training program.

New Website

Author: Craig Adams
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012


SSSAFE has grown and it is time for our homepage to reflect all the services we now offer.

In addition to our invaluable Snake and Spider Safety Seminars, SSSAFE has developed specialised Corporate Presentations that takes an entirely original approach to empathic leadership…with impact!

SSSAFE has also specifically designed an innovative and professional 2 day Snake Handling Course for industry groups, governmental bodies and emergency services that have a legitimate demand for the safe relocation or capture of snakes.

We continue working closely with our OH&S consultant, BridgeSafe, to provide Snake Hazard Assessments and recommendations to NSW Government.

SSSAFE is also proud to announce our partnership with Survival First Aid to advance the safety options available to SSSAFE clients. See our First Aid Kit store for more details.

We will still be having serious fun ‘out bush’ as field ecologists and animal wranglers for Wildlife Documentary and Commercial Filmmakers and Ecological Consultancy groups. We’ll be doing this forever!

Please feel free to browse our new site to see what’s on offer. We hope you enjoy it.


The floodwaters sweeping through NSW are forcing snakes and spiders, to any high ground available to them. There are reports of snakes flushed out and exposed by the floods being killed rather mercilessly. In my experience, snakes that find themselves in such a predicament are forced to share crowded island refuges with other displaced wildlife and they tend to lose some of their usual defensive behaviour. They have to wait it out like all the rest of us…

Let’s not forget snakes are protected wildlife. Killing them is unnecessary and dangerous.

Craig, SSSAFE director, has been involved with some fascinating projects of late starting with Gregory Colbert’s, internationally renowned wildlife photographer (, Australian Tour last year, culminating in a wildly successful field trip to the QLD channel Country to film Fierce Snakes for the BBC’s Deadly 60 Series, staring Steve Backshall, pictured below with cameraman and a very healthy Fiercy.

The doco should be on ABC this year. We will keep you posted.

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