If you're looking to get into this hobby, there is a lot that you should consider beforehand. This hobby can easily cost you a lot of money, or even your life if you're not careful. I can't stress enough the training you should acquire prior to owning any venomous snakes.
"One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard."
This is a great quote I once read and I don't recall who exactly said it, but this quote fits perfectly because at some point we may get complacent, and that's when the accidents usually happen.
I'll list a few pieces of equipment that I consider mandatory.
- Bite protocols
- Snake hooks
- Forceps / Hemostats
- Tube set
- Venomous approved transport container
- Face Shield (if dealing with spitting cobras)
Another thing I would consider having is an emergency plan in the event that you do get bit. Where is the nearest place that has the antivenin? Where is the nearest hospital that treats snake bites? Is there a specific doctor you can call? These are all things you should have in place, and it can make a big difference.
At the end of the day, you need to know your limits and what you feel comfortable working with.