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September  14th  & 15th 

Level 1 Venomous Handling
Certification Course

Enfield, Connecticut

Are you a land manager, environmental consultant, first responder, homeowner, zookeeper, veterinary professional, biologist, herpetology enthusiast, photographer, or anyone looking to learn how to safely handle venomous reptiles while receiving a professional certification? This course is for you!

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Riverside Reptiles Education Center (RREC) in partnership with The Rattlesnake Conservancy is offering the ‘Level 1 Venomous Handling Certification Course’!


Time & Location

Saturday, September 14, 2024 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday, September 15, 2024 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Riverside Reptiles Education Center, 132 S rd., Enfield, CT 06026

About the Event

This two day course combines classroom instruction in important topics like native venomous snake species, ecology, snake anatomy and physiology, reproductive behavior, venom toxinology, emergency snakebite management, captive husbandry, and more; with hands on techniques like single hooking, double hooking, bagging, and containing venomous snakes.


These courses have been taught to thousands of students across the United States and set the industry standard in safe handling practices! 


Please note:

This course consists of two days of classroom instruction and hands-on training techniques which require potentially strenuous physical exertion. Participants must sign a liability waiver, be 18 years of age or older and capable of the following physical demands and mental requirements:


Physical demands -  The agility to move in various positions throughout the classroom and outdoor environment which may include standing, kneeling, walking, pushing/pulling, crouching, bending, and lifting.


Mental requirements -  The ability to learn new tasks, remember processes, maintain focus, communicate clearly, follow directions promptly, and complete a written exam.


* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions with advance notice and discussion at the discretion of our team and Medical Director. Please reach out to us to discuss special considerations.

Disclaimer: By registering for a training course sponsored, hosted, or taught by Riverside Reptiles Education Center, you acknowledge and accept the following cancellation policy. Notice of a student's intent to cancel a registration must be made in writing to RREC by email to or by mail and is subject to the following terms: Students whose cancellation request is received in excess of 30 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur a $25.00 administrative fee and remaining costs refunded. Students whose cancellation request is received within 14 to 29 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 50% of the obligated fee. Students whose cancellation request is received within 13 days prior to the start date or after the commencement of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 100% of the obligated fee. One substitute is permitted per registrant for the entire course; daily substitutions are not permitted. RREC must be notified prior to the first day of the course when a substitution will occur. RREC will also allow the registration fee to be applied to a different course if the request is made more than 14 days prior to the start date of training. This request must be made in writing, subject to approval by RREC, and can be used during a period of time not exceeding 12 months from the original course registration. RREC reserves the right to cancel courses, change course location, change instructors, or change course content. In the event that a course must be canceled due to lack of interest or the location of the course changed, registrants will be informed 30 days prior to the start of the course and full tuition refund issued to students. RREC reserves the right to cancel classes without prior notice due to natural disaster or other situations beyond RREC's control (facility fire, hurricane, flooding, extreme weather, wildfires, theft/vandalism of equipment, and other circumstances requiring cancellation of a class). RREC is not responsible for travel costs incurred. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets more than 30 days before the course. Should a course require cancellation or change in location, RREC is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets.

* Certification in these courses does not substitute the training or permitting requirements by DEEP (Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection) or other state wildlife agencies, but is meant to provide supplementary training to field professionals and those looking to expand their knowledge about venomous reptiles.

Space is limited! Click on the link for more information or to sign up for the course. If you have any questions, please email

Use "VET1ST" for Veterans, First Responders, and Non-profit partners.

Use "STUDENT20" for Student discount. Please scan your ID card and send to after your purchase. 

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