African Snakebite Institute




By Johan Marais

Dedicated to Promoting the Understanding and the Conservation of our Native Reptiles through Communication, Education and Interaction.

FGASA - Field Guides Association of Southern Africa
International Society of Zoological Sciences
NOSA Approved snake awareness and snake handling courses
Travel Doctor

Welcome to Johan Marais's African Snake Bite Institute!

Johan Marais, internationally known herpetologist and author of numerous books on Snakes and Reptiles in Southern Africa is now offering various exciting new African Snakebite Institute to reptile enthusiasts, corporate and industrial bodies including:

  1. Training courses for reptile enthusiasts and persons in the wildlife industries including:
    • Snake and Reptile Awareness, Snake Handling including venomous snakes, First Aid for Snake Bite & Emergency Procedure. Read more
    • Successful delegates will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course
  1. Corporate Talks & Demonstrations - read more
  2. Environmental Impact Assessments: Assessments on reptiles and amphibians for EIA reports, conducted throughout Africa.
  3. Reptile Safaris into the more interesting parts of Southern Africa. The safaris are offered to keen naturalists and herpetologists. The safaris will be to view as many reptiles and amphibians in a given area with the emphasis on photography. No reptiles or amphibians will be removed from the wild. Johan Marais has done extensive field work in Southern Africa including Namibia. Such a safari can be quite rustic with a fair amount of camping or in luxury accommodation, depending on your requirements.

Accreditation and Endorsement:

  • B-BBEE Level 4 Company
  • Johan Marais is accredited by the International Society of Zoological Sciences, International Health Management Consultants and the Travel Doctor.
  • He is an endorsed Training Provider registered with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA).
  • The snake awareness and snake handling courses have been approved by NOSA
  • Johan has been appointed as the Snake Expert for Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University



Latest News & Announcements

Popular Items
New Reptile Atlas: Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Free Download. Snake Posters

Mobile App: Snakebite First Aid in Southern Africa. Download link: Or go to The App Store For Apple - or: Google Play for Android phones. Only R59.99.

For Sale: Snake Equipment, Books, etc
Snake Posters. Posters for Johannesburg / Pretoria, Cape Town, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth added Feb 2016. See list of all posters. Books on Snakes and other Reptiles
First Aid for Snakebite Posters. In English and Afrikaans  
Scorpion Poster: Common Scorpions of Southern Africa. See here Newsletters

Contact list for Problem Snake Removals - Southern Africa, rest of Africa and the rest of the world (13 July2016) More info here

Problem Snake Removals

Buy the latest 2014 version of Johan's new book Snakes and Snakebite in Southern Africa (also available in Afrikaans). See details here

List of Hospitals in Africa

Newsletters - Mildly Venomous Snakes. November 2017.


Reptile Photographic Course. More info


Snake Handling Courses
List of all courses planned for 2017. See details


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Free!Free Scorpion and Snake Posters ! Download:

Posters for Harmless Snakes as well as Regional Venomous Snake Posters for provinces in the RSA as well as for Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya are also available. Dangerous Snakes in Namibia in German and in Portuguese for Mozambique. See: All Posters

New Mobile App: Snakebite First Aid in Southern Africa. Download link: Or go to:


new11 November 2017. Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge, Gauteng.
Snake Awareness & Venomous Snake Handling Course.

new18 November 2017. The Venom Pit Snake Park, East London.
Snake Awareness & Venomous Snake Handling Course.

Courses planned for 2017. See details

Course Enquiries:

Products for Sale. Pricelist and Details: Snake Handling Equipment, Books, Posters, Clothing, etc Updated Nov 2017


Johan Marais & other authors

New Problem Snake Removal Contacts. See List of contacts for South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and the USA

New eSnakes of Southern Africa (Electronic version)

  1. Android: Google Play Store
  2. Apple: iTunes
  3. Amazon Kindle Fire Versions: Amazon
  4. Windows Phone: Marketplace
  5. Blackberry: Appworld


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