The Snakeman is Raymond HoserSnakeman Raymond Hoser
- the most experience of all in Australia's snakes and other reptiles….
While it could be argued that this is a subjective claim and in fairness to others, is one that can perhaps be disputed, there are readily measurable criteria, which easily put the Snake man Raymond Hoser on top when it comes to snakes.
Included here are published papers on snakes in peer reviewed and other reptile journals, relevant books and similar and then of course how frequently they are cited as definitive by others in their own publications on snakes and other reptiles, as well as such things as species of snakes and reptiles discovered and named, other new discoveries about snakes and reptiles and the like. No other snake and reptile man in Australia comes close to snake man Raymond Hoser in this regard.
For those doing a check on Snakebusters/Snakeman Raymond Hoser, below is a quick rundown on the snakeman Raymond Hoser's expertise in Australian snakes and reptiles.
It's a curriculum vitae so to speak on Raymond Hoser and what he knows and has discovered about snakes and other reptiles. However it is only a brief summary at that in terms of the snake man. But most importantly it is all easily verified.
If comparing the snake man, Raymond Hoser and Snakebusters to another reptile show or travelling snake show outfit or "snake handling course" teacher, just ask a few basic questions of the other so-called snake man. What qualifications they have. How much experience (in years) in terms of snake catching, snake handling, reptile keeping and other herpetological activity?. And note that it's easy for a person to claim many years experience as a snake handler or snake keeper, without being able to prove it. But here's a way to get the proof as to whether or not the person is actually a snake expert. Ask the man or woman for copies of journal papers and articles they've published on snakes, lizards, or reptiles in general. That's always a good way to set a timeline on their serious snake and reptile activity. No scientific or technical papers in recognised publications about snake science, indicates no serious or generally accepted snake and reptile expertise at the time in question. In other words, if a man or woman claims snake and reptile expertise spanning, say, twenty years, but doesn't have hard copy publications going back that far, then treat the claim with the skepticism it deserves.
Be generous if you want and say you accept tabloid news clips. Try getting something more than 20 years old. You won't get that from any Snakebusters competitors, but you will from us!
Here's a brief rundown of the snakeman Raymond Hoser's snake and reptile reptile qualifications. The snake man started catching and keeping snakes and reptiles at age four or five (1967) and published his first paper about snake ecology on them at age 14. He's since published over 150 definitive scientific papers and articles on all manner of snakes and reptiles, their taxonomy, captive husbandry, breeding, medicine, ecology, genetics, venom properties and so on. You'll see the list starts from about 1980, which was when the snakeman Raymond Hoser was in his teens and has been continuous since then showing a non-stop activity with reptiles over the following three decades. Yes you can even view most of these papers online (Click on this text) and with the original hard copy citations to enable you to verify them all.
Few, if any other Australian herpetologists can make such a claim. Hoser's papers and articles are routinely cited by peers and his book "Australian Reptiles and Frogs" is one of Australia's benchmark publications, still regarded as a reference of choice, even though the 240 page book came out way back in 1989.
The snakeman Raymond Hoser has had hands-on direct experience with most Australian reptile species, including all the well-known ones and the most "dangerous", be they snakes, lizards or crocodiles.
Most types of reptiles have been kept by the snake man Raymond Hoser over the years and keeping methods he trialled first have since become standard, although notwithstanding this, Raymond's also been quick to adopt other people's ideas when they were superior to earlier methods, and unlike a (small number of) certain others in the reptile game, The Snakeman Raymond has always cited other people's works and credited them when due. This again is easily verifiable by checking out the citations lists at the ends of the Snakeman Ray Hoser's books and papers (click here for examples).
In terms of "firsts" no one else comes close to the Snakeman Raymond Hoser.
Here's just a few …

Put simply, in four decades, Australia's Snake Man, Raymond Hoser's been at the leading edge of Australian herpetology, whether it's been the science of classification and identification, the science of keeping and breeding, the practicalities of conservation and so on.

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