In the Beginning...
Snakehandler began as a simple reptile removal business, which grew to include educational talks, displays and courses.
The business changed hands in 2005; with husband and wife team Sean and Stacey McCarthy taking the reins. Together with Sean’s father, Rod McCarthy, the newest member of The Snakehandler Team, we have expanded our repertoire to include birthday parties, and tailor made education programs focusing on practical learning and safety.
With over 50 years combined teaching experience in both primary and secondary, The Snakehandler Team can fit our programs into VELS and CSFII. Sean brings with him a largely scientific background completing a bachelor of science at Deakin University and has practical experience in biology, ecology and chemistry.
Sean then made the decision to follow in his fathers footsteps, completing a graduate diploma of education. After several years working in catholic and independent secondary schools, Sean made the move to the CSIRO, one of Australia's leading science organisations as an education officer.
Sean and Stacey have been keeping reptiles for over 10 years, what began as a passionate hobby has now transpired in to a successful business, teaching others about the subject we both love.
Largely due to a shift in public perception and awareness of reptiles, Snakehandler are being called upon more regularly than ever to display and show the magnificence and beauty of these unique Australian native animals.
Our repertoire now includes Shows and Displays from small community fairs to The Royal Melbourne Show, courses to the General Public and Industry across Australia, Educational programs for all levels of schooling and of course the ever popular Kids (of all ages) Birthday Parties.