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.


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.


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. :)


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.

Step 1: Trap Parts

I have always wanted to weld, but never had the chance until recently. My dad bought a small, cheap welder that gives me something else to create things with. Can't say I am good at it though....

Anyway, what you will need is the following:

A welder - I used a arc or stick welder, as some may call it.

- and of coarse, welding rods

A sheet of heavy duty mesh - 4x8 feet.

Rebar - I used both 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch.

A piece of angle iron

Two springed door hinges

A self closing door latch

A little wood

A small piece of pvc pipe, and

A little rope

You will also need:

Welding safety gear - helmet, gloves, etc.

Common tools - hammer, pliers, etc.

Hack saw

So let's get started.

<p>Great job!... You are very skilled.... I have built box traps out of chicken wire and wood.... I used a mouse trap for the trigger... Yours is a much better design...</p>
<p>I have drawings from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to hundreds of traps blah squirrels, beavers, deer, lynx, badger, mink, wolverine, marten, birds of prey, rats, foxes, etc.</p><p>Ask me if youre looking for a trap for a special animal . . .</p><p>perhaps trade with other plans ?</p><p>mvh klevhage@gmail.com</p>
But chicken wire over the sides and bottom so smaller stuff can't escape.
<p>Super Trap, Good Job </p>
Like a fish trap
<p>Est&aacute; muy bien hecho!</p>
<p>Thanks! - Gracias.</p>
<p>Hey! Thanks for viewing. I love when I see people commenting, liking, and viewing my instructables! I would also love your vote! Thanks! </p>
<p>Awesome job! All you have to do now is make it tweet when it catches something! https://www.instructables.com/id/Critter-Twitter-Trap/</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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! </p>
<p>So basically the animal needs to nudge the PVC pipe a little to trigger it?</p><p>Perhaps tie some bait on it??</p>
<p>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! </p>
What did you do with the chicken
<p>Hey. I let the chicken go. It high tailed to the chicken coop since it was late for bed. :)</p>
<p>Hey. I let the chicken go. It high tailed to the chicken coop since it was late for bed. :)</p>
<p>Customise it into a multipurpose bagpack and I'm your man! ;)</p>
<p>Hey! Thanks for the comment! What exactly do you mean about a bagpack? </p>
Nice trap I made it and put it in a forest and&hellip;&hellip; I got a bunny!
<p>Thanks for the comment. Would love to see your trap. </p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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. :)</p>

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