Simple Snake-Catching Snare





Introduction: Simple Snake-Catching Snare

Hi, All!

This is my first Instructable... So please - Be gentle. ;) I've gotten so many great ideas and so much help from the website over the years, that I figured I'd try my hand at the opposite end, and maybe help someone else out.

I live in the Southwest Desert and in the summertime, out come the snakes - ALOT - of snakes. Sometimes they simply pass through our yard, very neighbor-ly like, and are never seen again. Others, either have it in mind that this would be a good place to set up housekeeping (which usually conflicts with my pet snake's food supply) or are of a venomous nature and, because of our kids and other pets, cannot be allowed to stick around.

In this area, there are mainly four (4) types of native snakes: Gopher, King (Both Non-Venomousand usually very docile,) Mohave Green and Western Rattler (Both Venomous and sometimes aggressive.)

** King snakes actually make excellent pets if you have the inclination. Especially for first-time snake parents. **

So... This instructable came from necessity as well as hobby. Hope you enjoy!

Please keep in mind that catching/attempting to catch any snake, especially any venomous species, by untrained individuals always carries risks.


> PVC PIPE (App. 4-6 ft. long)

-Again, please remember that King snakes and Gopher snakes, more often than not, just want to get away from you. I've never seen one strike at a human. However, the more aggressive Mohave Greens and Western Diamonbacks will usually take your presence as a threat (even if it's on YOUR porch.) They will usually give some sort of warning (i.e: hissing or rattling) when you get near them - BUT NOT ALWAYS!!!-

> ROPE (Thin, but sturdy. App. 2 1/2 X's the length of your PVC Pipe.)

> METAL WASHER (Any size, as long as it's diameter is larger than that of your PVC Pipe)

> ONE (1) BOLT (Any length, again - as long as it's length is enough to pass through your PVC Pipe sideways.)

> ONE (1) NUT (To secure bolt - so, obviously, appropriately sized...) :O)

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Thanks for taking the time to read my instructable. I hope it is helpful!

Step 1: Fold the Rope in Half and Send/thread Through the PVC Pipe Longway.

(Down the length.)

Step 2: Thread Both Loose Ends of the Rope Through the Washer and Tie in a Knot.

(This prevents the rope from getting lost down the PVC Pipe, as well as gives you a (sort-of) handle.)

Step 3: Approximately 1 Inch Up the PVC Pipe...

(On the end where your loop of rope came out,) drill a hole and insert the bolt through, not only the pipe, but make sure you are between the two pieces of rope.

- Screw the nut onto the bolt. (This saves you from having to try and pull the looped end of the rope out, should it happen to get pulled too far up into the PVC Pipe.)

Step 4: ** USE CAUTION ** ...

...When attempting to capture a snake, use this tool similarly to a dog-catcher's snare.

S-L-O-W-L-Y and CAREFULLY slip the looped end of the rope over the snake's head about 2 inches down the neck and quickly pull tightly and firmly on your end (the 'handle/washer.')



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    Nice Instructable, definitely a great way to keep those guys at a distance. Not legal everywhere, PA is a great example but you have a good disclaimer

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    Thank you very much!

    Glad I have 3 of these handy around my house. Got this 3 foot Rattler coming in my front door last night!!


    Great job on your first Instructable! This was an interesting read. I've never heard of a mojave green before.

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    Thanks! I might try that. :)

    Thank you very much! Oh... Just know that the Mohave Greens are nasty. Usually a lot more aggressive than the Diamondbacks, even.

    Thank you very much!

    Oh yeah! I just remembered that this is perfect for pulling weeds! (though you may not have many in the desert) but it is something you can add to the Instructable. For weeds that have thorns or stubborn roots I use the same set up to pull them. just get the string at the end a bit bigger and feed it over top of the plant and go all the way down as far as you can. Then tighten and pull! gives you grip and you never have to touch the plant.

    I use it for poison ivy, nedles, and arrow root plants that get too big. xD

    Wow! Cool! Thanks. That really is a good idea. Especially around here. That would be great for the unwanted cactus in my yard or the big thorny weeds. I'll have to try it. :)

    It might be a good idea also to tie one end of the rope to the bolt making it less to deal with when trying to catch a snake

    Very easy to make. In fact, my husband & I put it together while the copperhead was patrolling under the tree. Took about 15-20 minutes and definitely under $10 for materials. We just popped the copperhead in a Styrofoam ice chest (with extra side snaps for added security) & it was very easy to snap the lid off then turn the chest away from us to release. Of course, once he came out he made a bee line straight to us!! EXCELLENT instructions & my dogs & I thank you!

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    Thank you very much! I'm so glad my instructable was helpful. :)
    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Thank you very much!

    Not quite sure how to.

    Not quite sure how to.

    I'd leave the king snakes alone. They're immune to the venom of other snakes and often eat them, so maybe you'd solve one problem by NOT trying to solve the other.

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    Hi. That's a very common misconception. King snakes rarely eat other snakes. They prefer warm-blooded prey. I've researched the same matter and from what I've learned, there have only been a handful of documented cases in which the remains of other snakes have been going in a King snakes' digestive system. Nearly all of them were in areas where there were extreme deficiencies in the natural food sources for Kings. Thank you for reading my instructable, though! Have a wonderful day!

    You've caught the snake, but then what?

    You're standing in your yard, holding a three foot strip of venomous anger at arm's length, what do you do? Do you drop it over the fence for the entertainment of your neighbour's cat, or have you got some sort of box handy so that you can drive it into the countryside for release?