Simply put what is the best way to get the best experience for becoming a reptile keeper?! I am 19, have a passion for reptiles, and want to be working towards being able to work with them. I already volunteer at my cities zoo in the reptile department. Its great, i love it and will keep doing it as long as i can. However even as i work my way up the tiers of volunteer and can do more and more there are just certain things they cant legally let a volly do. Things like handling our caution level venomous snakes. Working with out large saltwater crocs. So on... The problem is i see them hiring and talking about applicants and they only really consider people with experience handling these types of animals. If i cant get experience with them because im not on the payroll, but can't get on the payroll because i dont have experience with them im not sure what i can do. I here allot of them started teaching themselves out in the bush finding and handling wild snakes but i just feel that going and finding a wild taipan (i live in queensland australia) and messing with it isnt the best way to go about things. Anyone got any helpful tips, trick, and advice? Thanks!