CUGE-ECO-3119 Interacting with Snakes

INTRODUCTION
Singapore's urban greenery provides habitat for a wide variety of creatures, and while some are welcomed and encouraged to thrive in our midst, others are seen as undesirable, even feared. Singapore is home to more than 60 species of snakes, some of which are often encountered in parks, gardens, and sometimes even in our homes. Many people are afraid of snakes, but these fascinating reptiles are misunderstood and don't deserve their bad reputation.

This course aims to introduce people to the snakes of Singapore. By learning to identify potentially dangerous snakes, as well as harmless species commonly seen in urban areas of Singapore, participants will gain a better understanding of snakes, their place in our ecosystems, and will learn how to manage encounters between people and snakes.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand snakes and their role in our ecosystems
  • Identify the potentially dangerous snakes found in Singapore
  • Identify some of the harmless snakes commonly seen in Singapore
  • Take steps to reduce human-snake conflict
  • Respond safely and appropriately to an encounter with a snake

COURSE CONTENT/OVERVIEW

Schedule Topics to be covered
AM
  • An introduction to snakes
  • Identifying potentially dangerous snakes of Singapore
  • Identifying harmless snakes commonly seen in urban and suburban areas of Singapore
PM
  • Managing human-snake interactions
  • Identifying areas where snakes may be found (outdoor activity)
  • Dealing with snake bites
  • Q&A

METHODOLOGY
  • Classroom lecture
  • Indoor demonstrations and field visits
  • Discussion and quiz

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
  • Horticulturists
  • Arborists
  • Facility managers
  • Park managers
  • Landscape architects
  • Landscape industry workers
  • Pest control industry workers
  • Conservationists

ABOUT THE TRAINER
Having developed a fascination with animals since a very young age, especially with reptiles, Ivan Kwan has been a passionate advocate for Singapore's biodiversity and conservation. One of his key interests is in encouraging coexistence with wildlife, and dispelling some of the myths and misinformation surrounding many of Singapore's creatures.

Having previously worked as a Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore, then as a Conservation Projects Manager at the National Parks Board, Ivan started Nature Adventures SG to focus on nature education and outreach, with the aim of instilling a greater appreciation for Singapore's wildlife and wild places.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNITS
Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist Pending
ISA Certified Arborist Pending
SILA Pending
*Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information.

COURSE FEES
Course Fees (Inclusive of GST)
Full fee $246.10
Fees include the provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
Please register and pay online here.
*CUGE course confirmation e-mail will be sent to all participants who have registered successfully.

Class size will be limited to facilitate discussions and group exercises. Please register early.
Please submit your completed online application forms at least seven days before the date of course. Course places will only be confirmed upon receipt of the duly completed application forms and payment.

ENQUIRY CONTACT
Mr Jason Lim
Tel: 64626105
E-mail: Jason_lim@nparks.gov.sg

All information are correct as of the posted date. For more information, please contact us at Ask_CUGE@nparks.gov.sg