SnakeProtex™ was developed in Australia; home of some of the world’s deadliest snakes. The new and improved SnakeProtex™ Extreme offers improved fitment features, stronger construction and tougher outer layer. With demand for our proof gaiters growing worldwide, ask for them by name at your local Safety & Protection Gear stockist or contact us directly.
The history of SnakeProtex™
Snakeprotex™ is a snake proof gaiter designed from the outset to protect you against bites from Australian snakes. Australia is famous for being home to many of the deadliest snakes in the world. This island continent is home to the Death Adder (with a name like that, what’s not to fear?), the Tiger Snake (‘Tiger snakes are born with a chip on their shoulders’, according to a South Australian farmer), the Black Snake family, the Mulga Snake (or King Brown, as it’s otherwise known), the Brown Snakes and the feared Coastal and Inland Taipans in the North and East.
Whilst there are a few exotic species which have stronger venom than the Australian natives, the real danger in the Australian snakes is just how common they are – even in inner city areas. Add to this the toxicity of their venom, their aggressive nature (the Tiger Snake in particular) and the fearsome Taipan’s 10-12mm (nearly half an inch!) fangs and the picture is clear: the danger for many Australian outdoor workers, hunters and leisure-seekers is clear and present.
A tiny bite from any of these can kill an adult. Even worse, the bite from some of these snakes can feel like a scratch from a twig and go untreated – sometimes with tragic results. Enter Snakeprotex™. These Snake protective gaiters were conceived in Australia, originally developed and manufactured in New Zealand (where there are no deadly snakes!), then tested in Australia, on Australian snakes, to give snake bite protection to the wearer.
Snakeprotex™ gives you confidence when you’re in the Australian outdoors, whether you are working, hunting, quad-riding, bike-riding, bushwalking or walking. All you need is a healthy respect for these ever-present reptiles, and to wear your Snakeprotex™.
These garments are designed to help protect the wearer from snake bites. They are not a guarantee. Therefore the wearer should take all precautions to avoid being bitten by a snake. It is important that these garments are worn in conjunction with appropriate footwear that extents at least 5cm above the ankle bone. Correct Fitment Is Essential. The garment must be securely attached to the lower leg with the zip fastened at all times, and the strap under the arch of the boot. As with any personal safety item, regular checks should be carried out to ensure the garments are in good serviceable condition. Any defects or wear and tear that could jeopardise the performance of the garment should be repaired or the garments replaced immediately.
Any traces of venom on the garment should be denatured by spraying with methylated spirits. Untreated traces of venom, even if dry, should NEVER be touched without skin protection.