Hey Reddit, IAmA snake rescuer, photographer, and venomous snake handling trainer from South Africa. Ask Me Anything about snakes, snakebite, and snake safety!
Hi Reddit, IamA snake photographer from Cape Town, South Africa - I relocate wild snakes found in people’s homes back to nature, I train people on snake identification and first aid for snakebite via the African Snakebite Institute, and I photograph snakes as a hobby.
You can see my photography here: /r/wvzphotos
Several of my photos were used in the newly revised and published "A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa": https://www.africansnakebiteinstitute.com/book
I also helped develop a free app that provides information about snakes, spiders, and scorpions in Southern Africa, and has been downloaded more than 200,000 times: https://snakebiteapp.co.za/
The work I do is all about conservation, and with every callout / training session I also try to educate the public about the importance of citizen science - helping researchers collect data via apps like iNaturalist.
Unfortunately there are a multitude of myths & misconcepts about snakes out there, so feel free to Ask Me Anything about snakes, snakebite, and snake safety! I'm out in the field looking for things to photograph today so I'll answer questions throughout the day as I can.
My knowledge is focused mainly on Southern African species, but I’ll try to answer questions about exotics as well as I can.
You can see photos & videos of my relocations here:
Facebook: WVZ Nature & Wildlife Photography