Essential Snakebite First Response

Developed and presented by Jonathan Leeming


Snakes represent a contradiction within the human mind. It is true that a few species of snake are venomous enough to cause harm to us, but at the same time they are a vital component of those natural systems that give us life!

This Essential Snake Bite First Response Presentation provides a structured framework that provides the understanding and knowledge that will greatly reduce the risk of being bitten by a snake, and provide the ability to create the best possible outcome, should a snake bite occur in both humans and pets. This framework of understanding can be applied anytime and anywhere, does not require any special equipment. Essential life skills for everyone who may encounter a snake at home, at work or in the environment.

Developed and presented by Jonathan Leeming.


  • Developed and presented by Jonathan Leeming.
  • Duration is 45 minutes.


  • How to reduce the change of being bitten by a snake.
  • How to ensure the best possible outcome should a snake bite occur in humans or animals (pets).

Ideal For

  • Everyone who enjoys the great outdoors!
  • Field guides and lodge staff.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Employees who work in areas inhabited by snakes. 
  • Conservationists and field workers.
  • Hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. 

This Content is Available As A Quiz Evening

There are many ways to educate and impart knowledge and understanding. presentations are company events or special interest organisation meetings are great. Practical walks and excursions are also a good opportunity to teach and impart new understanding. However, for an informal, fun and easy setting, why not try a quiz evening?

Quiz Evenings

Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan is a best selling author, international speaker and award winning conservationist. Guest speaker and panel member for the Eswatini Snakebite Symposium and the South African Snakebite Symposium, Jonathan consults for the poison information helpline and various medical organisations and academic institutions. He is a leading authority on spider bite and scorpion sting first response in Southern Africa, an engaging professional speaker and renowned conservationist. His work shapes our current understanding of scorpions and scorpion stings in Southern Africa.

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4 comments on “Essential Snakebite First Response”

  1. I have to commend you on the contents of your seminar and how you presented the information. I have been to the types of courses before, but I found your content refreshingly different. It was easy to understand. I particularly agree with your focus upon understanding nature and not being afraid or believing misinformation. This content should be required understanding for everyone.

    Keep up the great work!


    1. Thank you for your comments! Preventing or responding to a snakebite is not as difficult or complicated as most people imagine. The biggest challenge is changing our values and beliefs towards these animals. I hope you enjoy the online resources!

  2. So I thought I knew what to do in case of a snakebite, however, you have shown me a different and refreshing approach. I appreciated how you explained why certain techniques do not work and why others do. No one has managed to explain this to me before. Being in the wildlife industry I have listened to so called experts on this subject. None come close to how you presented and the way you conveyed your ideas - you are a true professional. Thank.You!

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