Snakes Of Southern Africa

Natural History Presentation by Jonathan Leeming


Of all the creatures on earth, our perceptions of snakes has to be the most misaligned to reality. Behind their reputation lies complex behaviour, miracles of pharmacology and the ability to save ourselves from ourselves. This presentation explores snakes and their natural history. How to identify a snake, medically important species and more.


  • Introduction
  • Natural History
  • Habitat
  • Predators and prey
  • Identification
  • Common species (customised to your area)
  • Medically Important species

The Snakes of Southern Africa presentation is 45 minutes in duration with an optional additional 15 minute question and answer session. It can be presented in conjunction with the Essential Snakebite First Response Presentation to create a 2 hour event. Bring your copy of Scorpions of Southern Africa or One World for Jonathan to sign.

Supported by


  • The competency to include spiders into a guided experience. 
  • Able to identify common spiders.
  • Able to identify medically important spiders. 
  • Knowledge of the natural history of spiders.


  • Common local species of scorpion are included into the presentation. 
  • For a 2 hour event, add my Essential Snakebite First Response presentation. 
  • For longer events, add a practical field trip after the presentation. 

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Essential Snakebite First Response

This 45 minute presentation offers a simple but highly effective framework for understanding of why they encounter snakes, how to react to a snake encounter to avoid getting bitten, and how to respond in the event a snakebite.
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