I was given the opportunity to watch a snake handling course today and take photos of the snakes. The course is conducted by Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers, and teaches the rescuers how to properly identify and capture snakes that need removal or medical care. The attendees spend some time in a class room in the morning before heading outside to handle snakes in the afternoon. One at a time, carpet pythons, green tree snakes, and brown tree snakes are let out, and the participants practice their capturing techniques. These aren't pet snakes either, they have all be caught over the previous week during routine rescues, and held on to for the course. So, when they are let out they are very happy to be free, and make every attempt to move away from the group, providing a realistic practice for the students. After everyone has had plenty of opportunities to practice, the snakes are rounded up, and will be released over the coming days.