Although we do not deal with them every day, snakes are an important part of our planet’s life. They are different from any other animal we know and many people are very afraid of them. Fear is natural and often welcome, since snakes use poison to defend their own skin when they feel attacked. They are biorhythms and are completely different compared to ours because they have cold blood, which makes them very susceptible to changes in temperature, so you do not see them if you live in the city.
All this discussion about snakes has a meaning, because today we are going to talk about the snake trap.. Even if you are not passionate about the outdoors, you may need to know how to catch a snake and what to do with it after you have caught it.
If you live in a house, then you can meet them in the garden, reclining in the sun, waiting for it to warm up. You can also find them in your basement, where it is wet and cold or in holes in the base. They prefer narrow, dark and humid places, and they feed on small animals such as mice, birds, eggs and others.
There are many scenarios in which you can interact with a snake in its natural habitat, but those that can lead to the capture of snakes are the following:
- The snake decided that your garden is really good to make a house there and now you see it almost every day. If you have children playing in the yard, the snake can scare or hurt them;
- You raise chicken in your backyard, but lately, they are less and less. After a thorough investigation, you realize that a snake loves your chicken more than it should;
- You go to the basement to look for something, but you realize that you have been busy in the meantime. A snake feels at home there;
- You own a small snake and escaped while you were not looking (they are very elusive) and now you need to recover it;
- You need to process some snake venom for your experiments (poison is really useful in medicine);
- You are in the desert with nothing to eat and the only living thing around are the snakes.
Regardless of the reason, snakes are smart and you should be smarter than them if you want to catch them. We will talk about how to make a snake trap and how to handle them once they are in the trap. Make sure you do not hurt them unless they become extremely violent and threaten your life. If you want to get rid of a snake that causes damage, all you need to do is relocate it.
Remember that a homemade snake trap is for small snakes. If you run into a giant snake, do not try to approach it without professional supervision! The big ones are not dangerous because of their bite; they simply wrap you around and squeeze you until you can not breathe anymore.
How to catch a snake that establishes the house in your garden
There are several types of snake traps made at home that you can build using simple materials and your free time. Let’s talk about the most used to catch small snakes. The main idea with a snake trap is to put the snake inside the trap and convince it to eat the bait there.
A snake does not chew its prayer, swallow it and then feel strong to digest it for a few hours (speaking of small snakes). Large snakes swallow larger prayers, which means they will have a longer digestion process. If the snake eats the bait inside the trap, it will not be able to leave the same way it entered because its body will be rounder (if you build the trap correctly).
How to make a snake trap for your pet.
If your pet ran away and miss you, you should try to build a basic snake trap to find it. However, there is no assurance that what you catch is the snake you are looking for.
You will need the following items:
- a plastic bottle of juice washed, rinsed and dried;
- a pair of scissors;
- A frozen mouse that you use to feed the snake.
Take the bottle and make sure it is clean so that no other odor comes out. Use the scissors to cut a small hole (enough for the snake to enter) and place the bait inside the bottle. Put the trap in a place where you think your snake might have hidden and waited. If the snake enters and feeds, it will not be able to come out through the small hole. Make sure you check the trap every few hours.
The wooden box of the snake trap.
If you have a wild snake on your property or something worse, somewhere inside your house it’s time to take out the larger weapons. The wooden box is efficient if you have identified the location of the study. This cash trap is quite difficult to build, so we recommend looking for it in a specialized store.
The main idea is to place it over the entrance of the den so that when the snakes / snakes try to leave the den, enter the box. When the snake enters, the box closes keeping the snake inside. Now you can take the box away from your house and free the snake in the desert. They will not return and you are happy to get rid of them. Problem solved!
Trap trap snake cage wire wire
If you do not know where the den is, but you know where the snake likes to hang out during the day (they love the sun), you can make a trap at the funnel door with a bit of cable. You will need some wire, wire cutters and something to help you keep everything together. The trap is easy to do following three simple steps:
- First make a cylinder of the wire with a diameter of about 10 to 20 cm depending on the size of the snake.
- The second step is to make a funnel with wire. The small hole must be large enough for the snake to pass through while it is thin, but small enough so that the snake can not leave after it is fed.
- The third step is to gather everything and seal the end without the funnel with more cable.
This trap is very similar to that made with a plastic bottle. The only difference is that you can catch larger snakes with it.
Also, if you really want to convince a snake to enter, you must use a live bait like mice or large insects. The movement and smell of live prayer attract snakes rather than dead animals or food. Now, place the trap where you think the snake likes to walk in the morning and wait for it to enter. Check the trap regularly because once a snake devours its prayer, it becomes thin again and will come out of your trap.
If you need visual aids on how to build the trap, here is a video tutorial on how to make a snake trap with a cable.
Snake tail traps
This type of trap is very common and efficient and many people prefer it. You can usually find it in specialized stores or you can ask your local exterminator for one. The glue trap is actually a box with bait and filled with some kind of special glue on the bottom.
The innocent snake comes to eat something good and, suddenly, he realizes that he can not go out by the glue anymore. The glue will not hurt the snake, it will simply keep it there until you get to the trap. Be sure to check your traps regularly because, if you leave the snake there for a few days, it could starve and you will have an innocent soul in your consciousness.
When you choose the trap, make sure it is big enough to fit the snake you want to capture. If it is too small, the snake could get away with it. Because he can not get rid of the glue, he could die somewhere in the garden. Once again you will be the one with a guilty conscience.
Once you manage to catch the snake, take the box to somewhere in the wild where there is a lot of grass and the presence of the snake will not bother anyone. Pour some oil into the glue and wait for the snake to free itself from the trap. Now you can be satisfied with yourself: you released the snake in a friendly environment and managed to get rid of a predator in your garden.
How to handle a snake once trapped
The first rule when you try to catch a snake: do not touch it! Unless you know what kind of snake you are dealing with and have worked with snakes before, do not even think about touching it. They may look cute and helpless, but remember: they are not pets!
A wild snake does not like to be touched and manipulated at all, so it could become violent and bite you while you try to free it. In case this happens go directly to the hospital. It’s true that there are several non-poisonous snakes out there, but if you’re not sure, it’s not worth the risk. A snake bite, in addition to the fact that it hurts a lot, can stop your heart.
Once you have the snake in the trap, do not try to push it or shake it. They do not like anything and you’re just getting mad. Also, do not let small children or pets be near the trap while the snake is inside.
The first thing to do once you catch a snake is to carefully lift the trap, put it in your car in a safe place and drive to a place where you can release it.
A snake knows its territory, so try to drive at least 2 miles away from your home. If you release it too close to your home, you will find your way back and you could arrive even before you. Try to find a place where there are no other nearby houses; you do not want another person to go through what you just did, right? Also, if you leave it in a populated area, the next person you bother with may not be as understanding as you are. If you took all the trouble, at least make sure the snake is safe.
How to free the snake
This part is a bit complicated because you do not know how the snake will react when you open the trap. Most of them are incredibly happy to be free again and will be lost in the grass looking for a new place. However, there may be some that become you, so you should be prepared. Wear thick gloves and long pants to be protected in case the snake makes a quick turn and hits. Look at it carefully and try to keep your distance from the trap as much as possible.
After the snake is released, follow it with the sight of your eye as long as you can to make sure it does not come back for revenge.
A snake trap is usually created for two purposes: to trap the snake and release it. According to the type of trap, there are different ways to release a snake:
- If you are using a wooden box, simply place the box on the lawn and lift the lid. Get away from the snake’s path and wait for it to come out of the box. Do not hurry and do not touch it with a stick. Snakes have the ability to jump into your prayer, so if they see you as a threat, they will attack you;
- If you use a funnel wire cage, you will be a little closer to the snake, so we recommend using thick gloves. The first rule is: do not touch it! Easily pull the funnel cable out of the cage and let the snake decide when it wants to exit. It will not take long.
- With the glue trap, you should pour some vegetable oil into the body of the snake and wait for it to be released from the glue.
If you feel that the snake is seeking revenge, be sure to get out of your way and try to keep it at a distance. Do not kill the snake unless absolutely necessary.
How to catch a snake in the desert
Catching a snake for dinner in the desert can be a very dangerous job and is not recommended unless you know what the snake ate. The main danger here is what the snake ate before eating it. If you ate a poisoned mouse or something highly toxic, it will permeate the flesh and enter your body. If you are sure that the snake is clean, you can use your survival skills to catch it.
In the desert there are no cables or snake traps especially designed, so you must learn to make a snake trap with twigs and grass or just use a stick. The part of the stick works very well with those that are not poisonous, but if you are agile enough you can catch any type of snake. Once you have seen the snake, approach carefully and use a long stick to distract the snake’s attention. Move one end of the stick in front of your eyes while keeping your distance.
Once the snake is focused on your cane, firmly grasp its tail and lift it enough to leave its head close to the ground. Now the snake is disoriented and it is your moment to act further away. Place the stick in the middle of the snake’s body and lift it up, while holding the tail in one hand. Now you have the snake in the middle of your stick and you can transport it to the place where you want to cook it.
Snake capture is not an activity for a surviving beginner. You need to know how to move and how to react if something goes wrong and the snake turns against you.
As you can see, it is not difficult to learn how to make a snake trap, but it should only be used to relocate the snake. Even if they scare you, snakes have their work in the surrounding environment and we should protect them. Even if their skin is cold and they look different, they are also living creatures that can learn to love a human being. So do not make snake traps unless you need them!
FISHING, HUNTING AND TRAPPING