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Snake Day 2017

The European Snake Society organises its next annual Snake Day on Sunday 8 October 2017 at Expo Houten in Houten (5 km south of Utrecht), in the Netherlands. The address is Meidoornkade 24, and it can be reached by regional coach from Utrecht railway station or by coach from Houten railway station. If you travel by car choose exit Houten on the A27 and follow the signs for the industrial park Doornkade (also see map below). The Snake Day opens at 10:00 o’clock and closes at 16:30 hours. Admission is free for members of the European Snake Society and their children in the age under 12 years, provided they bring the original entrance ticket sent with Litteratura Serpentium. Non-members pay an entrance fee of € 7,50. During the Snake Day you can obtain information at the Society stand and buy back volumes of Litteratura Serpentium or renew your membership of the society. There will be stands of commercial dealers offering snakes, terrariums, terrarium equipment, books, food animals, etc.

Those who want to make a table reservation, may contact Marc Krikke, preferably by e-mail secretary.snakesociety@gmail.com. Marc can also be reached by phone, tel. +31 30 761 0276. Questions about a reservation that has already been confirmed, can also be directed to Marc.

A few weeks before the Snake Day at this place a list will be published of the exhibitors with their table numbers.

Cash withdrawal at the Snake Day will be possible in limited quantities at the Society stand.
The nearest banks with ATM are at ‘Het Rond’ square in front of the Central Station of Houten.

It is possible to buy or sell snakes at the Snake Day, but under certain strict conditions:
- Make sure that you have all necessary documents to import and/or export the snakes you intend to bring or take back with you. If you bring snakes, bring export permissions (CITES or transfer declarations) with them.
- It is forbidden to bring or trade any of the indigenous Dutch species: Coronella austriaca, Natrix natrix and Vipera berus.
- Please, handle the snakes as little as possible during the Snake Day; make sure they are (and stay!) packaged during transport and during the Snake Day.
- It is not permitted to bring other animals than snakes apart from food animals like mice and rats.

Rules for venomous snakes
For safety reasons there are special rules to be obeyed in the venomous snake area:
- Venomous snakes are only allowed in the special venomous snake section of the building.
- Venomous snakes may not be transported in bags and must be housed individually in solid, transparent or partly transparent containers. The lid of each container must be sealed with broad tape so that no gaps are left between the lid and the container.
- Each container should be marked ‘VENOMOUS’, together with the scientific name of the snake.
- It is strictly forbidden to open boxes with venomous snakes during the Snake Day. Ventilation holes may not be so large as to allow the animal to escape or bite people.
- It is not allowed to offer more than one venomous snake in a container otherwise the organisers will confiscate the snakes for the duration of the Snake Day.
- If you transport several containers at once, they must be carried together in a bag or box.
- It is not allowed to take venomous snakes out of the venomous snake area unless for direct transport to outside the building. If you bought venomous snakes and intend to spend some more time at the Snake Day, a snake crèche is available, where you can leave your venomous snakes (free of charge) during th rest of the Snake Day.
- In the venomous snakes area, the rules for venomous snakes also apply to non-venomous snakes.
- Snakes that are not packed adequately can be seized by the organisation during the Snake Day for reasons of safety. The snakes will be returned at the end of the Snake Day. The definition of adequately is to be determined by the organisation.
- Children under the age of 16 years only have access to the venomous snake section under supervision of an adult. Small children under the age of 5 years have no access to the venomous snake section. Also, baby carriages and buggies are not allowed.

These rules will be implemented strictly. The organizers have the right to confiscate animals for the duration of the Snake Day when the rules are not adequately obeyed. The definition of adequately is up to the organizers! Your presence on the Snake Day means that you accept all rules and regulations!

Finally we want to inform you that smoking and the use of alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the main area and venomous section. The European Snake Society is not responsible for any kind of loss, damage or injury incurred during the Snake Day.

The European Snake Society is not responsible for loss and/or theft of goods and animals. The responsibility for the health of the offered or purchased or exchanged animals is entirely with the seller and buyer. This also applies to all other items offered on the Snake Day

We count on your kind cooperation and we wish you a pleasant stay at the Snake Day.

Legislation
Click here for an overview of the Dutch and European legislation on the trade in snakes on the Snake Day at Houten, The Netherlands.

Directions for cars

Directions for cars: Expo Houten
Anfahrtsbeschreibung: Expo Houten.