Introduction: Snake Catcher

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A simple tool to lasso a snake which you can either let go or kill.

-About 4-5 feet of PVC pipe
-Thick nylon rope

Apparently because this device does not give off any heat, the snake can't detect it. Thus the brave soul can move it over a raised snake head.

As you pull the rope the noose tightens, pulling the snake toward the end of the pole, tightening the noose. Then it's up to you what happens with the snake!

This very Snake Catcher you see here caught a big rattlesnake recently.

(Cojones not included.)

Step 1: Make Noose

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1) Slip about 6 feet of cord through the pipe.
2) Make a classic slip knot (sorry I can't instruct you but it's easy and well documented elsewhere).

Test that the knot works: When you pull the rope from the other end, the noose should tighten.

ALTERNATE WAY: My esteemed fellow Instructablers have a good suggestion to double the rope so you can loosen the loop to let the snake go.

As long as your rope is stiff and thick enough to make it easy to push through the pipe, that makes good sense! Thanks all.

Step 2: Knot the Pulling End

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Make a big fat knot along with a loop to hold on to, so the rope from the other end can't be pulled through.


SH8RRY (author)2016-06-06

Sergeant Crayon (author)2008-04-29

What did you do with the rattler?

kill it, im not saying this because i dont like snakes but if i confront a rattler im gonna kill it before it kills me

Rattle snake bites are rarely fatal.

i hope you fail trying, for every one person that die from a deadly snake bite 300 are saved, and personally i love snakes

freeza36 (author)Sergeant Crayon2012-01-01

let it go somewhere where it and humans would be safe!

susie (author)Sergeant Crayon2008-04-29

I gave it to Bam Bam as a baby rattle.

Sergeant Crayon (author)susie2008-04-29

I was going to suggest that...

kracken42 (author)2014-03-17

Let the snake go. Many snakes are protected, and unless its in your house, then there's no point in killing it.

lucjoker (author)2012-03-15

i use a 2m plastic tube,inside a double steel rope,it loops out both ways.
mostly ( about 10 times a year) it are ratsnakes or cobras.I have two babys (3 and 4 years) who like to grab nice shiny things.My house is walled by 3m high walls ,so scared snakes dont leave but hide untill the next encounter.So when i catch a snake ,i kill it ,whatever it is ,i dont take chances . If it slips over the wall ,it lands in the nabours garden and they also have kids ,so all the nabours now what to do is best!

foxtrot4697 (author)2008-07-25

please if you catch a snake please dont kill it or i will kill U

freeza36 (author)foxtrot46972012-01-01

And I will help!

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-08-21

this is a good instructable, well written & an enjoyable read.

The ONLY change I would make, would be to cap both ends of the pipe, drill a hole through the side at one end, drill a hole in both caps, feed the rope thru the hole in the side, out through the cap closest to the hole in the side, then run the rope down through the inside of the pipe & out through the cap at the back end. I have made many poles for friends like this & never had a problem with them.

The reason for capping the ends, is because 1 time I had a snake crawl inside the pipe & had a heck of a time getting him out as he was wrapped around the rope that was inside the pipe.
capping both ends stops this from happening.

As I said earlier, very good instructable, well written. You did good. :-)

Gramjen (author)2011-02-21

This looks like a fantastic snake catching device that can be used effectively for animal control purposes. It also looks easy to construct, which is really nice for homeowners who may not realize they need one until a snake shows up on the premises.

dseeveld (author)2009-10-28

Nice snake stick design!

I saw someone using one just like it on this snake blog:

Anyway, good work, thanks.

makeyousmile919 (author)2009-05-23

does it matter what the circumference of the pipe is?

thedog458 (author)2008-05-02

hey good instrutable but i dont like the fact that you have to be there holding it all the time.but still good

kibbler (author)thedog4582008-09-21

make a trip wire so the noose drops when the snake passes. then let it go. =)

thedog458 (author)kibbler2008-10-02

not a bad idea

doo da do (author)thedog4582008-05-07

make the pipe longer, but it will be harder to control that is just a guess

mark0302 (author)2008-08-12

yeah snakes are awesome

lunchboxslayer27 (author)2008-08-10

dont kill snakes. there awesome no matter what ppl say. most snakes are very nice creatures, and i would like to see the stereotypical hatred of snakes be stamped out rather than the snakes themselves.

Camisado (author)2008-07-10

Hey! You can also club people with it!

I3uckwheat (author)2008-05-18

you can also use it for rats

awoodcarver (author)2008-04-29

I use something like this for large fish sturgeon and shark since both are a bit hard to net or lip catch ..........rigid pipe and the slip knot works best for them since they are going into the boat...this is a good idea since I am always in the hills gold panning and snakes do get bad in some areas and I hate to shoot them if it is too hot out and I don't have a ice chest to store them for a meal

Kiteman (author)2008-04-29

Since you're using a tube, a slip-knot may not be necessary - just thread the doubled-rope through the tube until the loop sticks out as far as you need. An over-hand knot in the held end of the rope will stop it slipping down the tube.

dchall8 (author)Kiteman2008-04-29

I agree with Kiteman. If the noose end of the pole is a simple loop then you can release the snake when and where you want to without putting your hands in its face to untie the noose. This is a great idea. Do they make 20-foot PVC??? ;-) Also to Susie, if you're going to be espeaking the Espanol, you might check with a Spanish spell checker.

susie (author)dchall82008-04-29

Excellet point K and d. I added your ideas to the Instructable as alternative ways to make the loop rather than the knot.

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