Cold Blooded in Pringle Bay is fronted by Francois Van Zyl who is a snake and African reptile expert. Francois is the Western Province agent for African Reptiles & Venom which is a company that supplies venom to the (SAVP) South African Vaccine Producers for serum production. Cold Blooded is a reptile breeding facility that is licensed to supply snakes and other reptiles to those clients who prefer exotic pets. Furthermore, Francois offers unique courses that include the identification of snakes, the correct handling of the animals and the treatment of snake bites. Together with his entourage of adders, he will travel to your school or venue to present a highly educational snake show that showcases these magnificent creatures that fear us as humans more than we realise. Francois is also on standby to safely remove and relocate any snake that may have slithered into your indoor or outdoor living space after which he will relocate them into nature unharmed.
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Francois Van Zyl holds a BSC Degree in Botany and Zoology obtained from Stellenbosch University.
As a young boy, his family moved often from one part of South Africa to another bringing him into contact with a large variety of snakes. By the age of 12 he had begun handling venomous snakes and over time his fascination grew into a deep passion that led to his career as a snake handler.
Francois has worked at a few zoos and animal awareness centres over the years, including Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town and Monkey Town in Somerset West.
Other than his offering as a reptile breeder and snake catcher, Francois travels to shows, events and venues with his educational snake and animal shows. This is an hour-long show where the audience gets to have fun while learning about some of the Overberg's most interesting and dangerous snakes. Each show ends with a chance to interact with some of the animals.
Cold Blooded is a licensed reptile breeding facility that provides high quality captively bred reptiles to local and international clients
Cold Blooded provides a service that specializes in the production and distribution of premium quality rodents to the owners of snakes and other reptiles. For more information regarding your small and large orders, please contact Cold Blooded directly.
Cold Blooded offers a highly educational one-day training course for the public that includes lectures and a written exam. Topics covered include snake identification, handling and bite treatment. Added to this is the chance to safely handle a Cape Cobra, a Mozambique Spitting Cobra, a Snouted Cobra, a Rinkhals and a Puff Adder. The course is accredited by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) and strictly adheres to the legislation set out by the government in terms of DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and Cape Nature. After completion, every successful attendee receives a certificate from FGASA.
Cold Blooded is on standby to remove and relocate any venomous or non-venomous snake that finds itself in your garden, home or business. This is a job for professional handlers only and Francois will ensure that both you and the snake are removed from each others company timeously. In most cases, the snake will be released into nature where there are more suitable living conditions.
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