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Howdy, th3_ jungle_inv3ntor comes up with all sorts of odd things - a door through the side of the house, bread fruit sap to remove bot fly larvae from skin, a motorized kite winder, eating hearts of trees, and straws with LEDs in them..... what more?

Well ...

Traps. They catch by surprise. They have been used since ancient times, and they still can be very effective today, essentially hunting around the clock. Well, I wanted one. A big one. A strong one. A trap that can contain anything that can fit in it that is found in the jungle. And that is what this trap is.

Design:

It is a box trap. So, it catches animals without hurting them. Its design is similar to a small wooden one that I had built way back that was very successful - until it rotted. Since the rain forest doesn't treat wood very well, I decided to try my hand at welding and weld together a long lasting trap. It is very simple in design, and is nothing fancy.

Why?

Well, when you live in the jungle you never know what lurks around. I live in a small town in the Amazon jungle, and although it is rather developed in some ways, it is still in the jungle. Our neighbor two houses away had a chicken caught by a small ocelot (I assume) in the middle of the day. It is rare for cats to be on the hunt in the day, but is even more rare to actually see them. They saw it twice. Anyway, the truth is you never knows what lurks about. But, I want to find out. :) Thus the trap came into existence - with large cats in mind. :)

Disclaimer:

I am not responsible in any way to any bad feeling an animal has toward you after being caught in this trap. :) I am not responsible if you are caught in this trap. :) No, seriously, welding can be rather dangerous, so be careful. Be sure to wear the proper safety equipment. Be careful in making this trap and using it. Animals can be very mean when caught in a trap so be careful. I am not responsible in any way.


 
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wolf1121 month ago
But chicken wire over the sides and bottom so smaller stuff can't escape.
VentureScout2 months ago

Super Trap, Good Job

CJR21154 months ago
Like a fish trap
mateo90metal5 months ago

Está muy bien hecho!

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  mateo90metal4 months ago

Thanks! - Gracias.

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author) 4 months ago

Hey! Thanks for viewing. I love when I see people commenting, liking, and viewing my instructables! I would also love your vote! Thanks!

siliconghost4 months ago

Awesome job! All you have to do now is make it tweet when it catches something! http://www.instructables.com/id/Critter-Twitter-Trap/

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  siliconghost4 months ago

Thanks! Great job on your Twitter Trap - very creative! I could do something like that, but no WiFi in the jungle - at least in any jungle I ever saw. :) I did consider hooking it up to some some sort of walkie talkie having a several mile range so that I could be alerted when I had a catch. I decided against it because of the complexity I could run into - mainly from the jungle. The jungle is a wet, harsh place with no power outlets - not the best for arduinos. :) My trap was sitting in water for a while after a creek flooded - again, not the best for arduinos. It is a brilliant idea and could work well in some cases. I admire those who understand arduinos well. I am new to them, and I have so much to learn.. Thanks again.

BARKing4 months ago

Nice, just a thought. Could an animal pawing to get out, pull the latch open by chance? I know in our area Racoons have learned to open anything that doesn't have a padlock on it. and that only works as long as they cant find the key.

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  BARKing4 months ago

It would take a rather smart and strong animal to get the door open. The two springs hold it closed rather strongly. I haven't had a problem with that yet, but if I were to use this trap for racoons, monkeys, or something similar it might be a problem. I know racoons are very smart which can make catching them challenging. No racoons in the jungle, though. Thanks for the comment!

Michael_oz5 months ago

So basically the animal needs to nudge the PVC pipe a little to trigger it?

Perhaps tie some bait on it??

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  Michael_oz4 months ago

Yes, the animal does nudge the pipe to trigger it. I thought about tying the bait to it, but I have never tried it, mainly because the pipe can be set VERY sensitive so that even a chicken will trigger it. Thanks for the comment and suggestion!

jamob5 months ago
What did you do with the chicken
th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  jamob4 months ago

Hey. I let the chicken go. It high tailed to the chicken coop since it was late for bed. :)

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  jamob4 months ago

Hey. I let the chicken go. It high tailed to the chicken coop since it was late for bed. :)

bricobart5 months ago

Customise it into a multipurpose bagpack and I'm your man! ;)

th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  bricobart4 months ago

Hey! Thanks for the comment! What exactly do you mean about a bagpack?

Austydude5 months ago
Nice trap I made it and put it in a forest and…… I got a bunny!
th3_jungle_inv3ntor (author)  Austydude5 months ago

Thanks for the comment. Would love to see your trap.

Awesome job! We used to use these kind of traps to capture raccoons that had gotten into our garden and cats that people had abandoned. I like them because they don't hurt the animal, and they are easy to transport so if you catch pests, you can take them to a place where they can safely be released!

Thanks for the comment and the complement! Cage traps are much nicer for animals involved. I am glad you liked it, and by the way, I like your user name. :)