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Old 07-19-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
customoverload
What Are Some Tips I Can Get On Working With Cobras?

I need some tips on handling cobras. Besides not getting bit.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 08:37 PM   #2
Wolfy-hound
Word of advice? "Don't"

You should only be handling venomous species under close supervision of experianced people, IMHO. There is no advice to be given online that is comparable to the in-person advice of a experianced handler.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 09:05 PM   #3
customoverload
Im getting in person exp. Just wanting some advice from other seasoned handlers.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
Lucille
Research which local hospital either has or can get flown in the antivenin the fastest.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 10:20 PM   #5
hhmoore
Make sure the area is clean/uncluttered.
The room should be escape proof.
Have more than one hook on hand (sucks if you drop/toss it, and don't have another).
Eliminate distractions, as much as possible.
Keep a large empty garbage can (with lid) on hand, just in case you need to quickly secure an uncooperative snake.
Make sure you have, and are competent with, the appropriate tools.
FOCUS - stupid mistakes are just that...stupid. Don't get careless.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 10:56 PM   #6
customoverload
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Research which local hospital either has or can get flown in the antivenin the fastest.

I've already done that. The zoo is the closest place which is 8 miles away from the hospital.
 
Old 07-19-2011, 11:00 PM   #7
customoverload
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Originally Posted by hhmoore View Post
Make sure the area is clean/uncluttered.
The room should be escape proof.
Have more than one hook on hand (sucks if you drop/toss it, and don't have another).
Eliminate distractions, as much as possible.
Keep a large empty garbage can (with lid) on hand, just in case you need to quickly secure an uncooperative snake.
Make sure you have, and are competent with, the appropriate tools.
FOCUS - stupid mistakes are just that...stupid. Don't get careless.
I keep 3-4 hooks in arms reach so when it climbs the stick I can lay it down and pick another up. I also treat a one foot snake as though he can tag me from 1 foot away. I have to get my venomous lis befor i can get one too.
 
Old 07-20-2011, 12:58 PM   #8
Ntyvirus
Not directly related to cobras but i hear south american cribos behave damn near the same without the whole risk of being bitten by a hot snake.
 
Old 07-20-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
customoverload
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Not directly related to cobras but i hear south american cribos behave damn near the same without the whole risk of being bitten by a hot snake.
Someone is this true? I was thinking of getting a false water cobra but if this would be better?
 
Old 07-20-2011, 05:06 PM   #10
Gary O
Venomous act like venomous. Each snake will act different. you can learn hooking skills from some nonvenomous but to say you trained with a nonvenomous and now ready to tackle a hot is not so smart.

Baby cobras tend to be wet noodles and do not hook well at all. You should find a person to work with. There is not much you can learn by reading when it comes to handling hots. Husbandry you can learn a ton but handling not so much. you can learn what tools to use and that is about it.

Also many species of cobras act different. Just a very very general question.

Also are you sure the zoo will offer you the AV they usually only carry enough for their workers if bit. So if you are bit and use their AV and then one of the keepers are bit you used what they needed. I would talk to them about maybe you donating some funds for them to keep more on hand.
 

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