Snake Handling Courses - Learn to face you fear

We offer two snake handling courses: a one-day introductory course and a three-day intermediate course.

Intermediate Snake Handling Course

This three day course is designed for people who have special interest in snakes, or those who need to know how to deal with snake bites, catch & safely remove snakes from dwellings and relocate them properly back into their natural habitat.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction Snakes of South-east Asia (Venomous & Non Venomous)
  • Snake Biology and behavior
  • Snake bites / venom - Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors in snakebites
  • First Aid in snakebite cases: Medical (Clinic / Hospital) and Herbal (Survival In Rainforest)
  • Introduction to Snake handling.
  • Rules of handling.
  • Handling equipment.
  • Handling techniques.
  • Practical handling.
  • Special test & handling evaluation.

Practical snake handling the following species:

Non & Mildly Venomous Snakes

  • Reticulated Python – Python reticulatus
  • Mangrove Tree Snake – Boiga Dendrophila Melanota
  • Common Racer – Elaphe flavolineate

Poisonous & Venomous Snakes

  • CommonCobra - Naja naja
  • King Cobra - Ophiophagus Hannah
  • Mangrove Pit Viper - Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus

All participants will receive both a CD and printed version of the course material.

All equipment required used for the course will be provided by Rimbawi Team.

Anyone interested in participating should contact us for more information and current pricing.

All courses will be held in Rimbawi Rescue & Research Center, Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

All successful participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Terms and conditions of Snake handling course

  • A minimum of 4 applicants (Maximum 8) is necessary for the course to run.
  • A fifty percent deposit is required two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the course. This is non refundable except in the instance that a course is cancelled by Rimbawi.
  • Pricing does not include transport, accomodation, meals, or drinks.
  • Participants will be required to complete an indemnity prior to course commencement.


Day 1

9.00am Introduction & Ice-breaking Session

9.30am Introduction of Snakes of South-East Asia

10.30am Tea Break

11.00am Snake Biology and Behavior

12.00pm Snake Bite and Type of Venom and Symptom

1.00pm Lunch / Solat

2.00pm Introduction of Snake Handling Technique, Equipment and Tools

3.00pm Handling Non-Venomous Snakes

a. Reticulated Python

b. Burmese Python

4.00pm Tea-Break

4.30pm Handling Mildy Venomous Snakes

a. Common Racer

b. Mangrove Tree Snake

5.30pm End of Day 1

Day 2

9.00am Introduction Handling Venomous Snake: Dos and Don’ts

9.30am Handling Venomous Snake

a. Common Cobra

b.Malayan Pit Viper

10.30am Tea-Break

11.00am Handling King Cobra

12.30pm Lunch & Solat

2.00pm Practical Handling for Participant ( Individual )

a. Reticulated Python

b .Common Racer

c. Mangrove Tree Snake

3.30pm Tea –Break

4.00pm Practical Handling for Participant ( Individual )

a. Common Cobra

b. Malayan Pit Viper

c. King Cobra

5.00pm End of Day 2

Day 3

9.00am Nature Walk at 7 Wells Waterfall Area

10.00am Introduction to Traditional Herbs for snake bites in the rainforests of Langkawi Island.

10.30am Tea-Break

11.00am Snake Handling In the Rainforest

a. Reticulated Python

b. Common Racer

c. Common Cobra

d. King Cobra

12.30pm Back to 7 Wells Parking Area

1.00pm Lunch & Solat

2.00pm Snake Handling Test @ Evaluation

a. Non Venomous

b. Mildly Venomous

c. Venomous Snake

3.30pm Tea-Break

4.00pm Observation & Feedback Trainer (Q/A)

5.00pm End of Snake Handling Course

Course Fees

Number of Participants:

Minimum Participant : 4pax

Maximum Participant : 8pax

Snake Handling Courses

Introductory Snake Handling Course
1 Day Session (8 Hours)

4pax = RM 500.00 per pax

6-10 pax = RM 400.00 per pax

10-20 pax = RM 250.00 per pax

Large group - contact us for pricing

For tailor-made snake handling courses and in-house training for your business or organisation contact us.

Intermediate Snake Handling Course
3 Day Session (24 Hours)

4pax = RM 1,750 per pax

6pax = RM 1,300 per pax

8pax = RM 1,000 per pax

Anyone interested in participating should contact us for more information and current pricing.

Additional Programmes can be arrange for Langkawi Geopark Nature Discovery or Island Tour and Shopping under participant own expense.


  • 1997 International Snake Handling Champion (Guinness Book of Records 1999 Pg 225)
  • Stayed With 150 Poisonous Cobra for 27 Days In Langkawi ( 6 Dec 1998 to 2 Jan 1999)
  • Consultant for Langkawi Snake Sanctuary ( July 2000 to Jun 2002 )
  • National Geographic Magazine Nov 2001 ( Final Edit : “Kiss of Death” )
  • Resident Naturalist and Nature Guide for The Andaman Hotel ( 2005 – 2010 )
  • National Geographic Documentary 2011 (Wildlife Ranger: “Why It Shouldn’t Fly” )

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