This is a quick instructable on how to construct a snake stick of basically the same materials professionals use.
A snake stick is a hooked tool used to immobilize, hold, and pick up snakes. Especially useful for moving or studying snakes in the wild. Also makes a serviceable walking stick.

Step 1: Materials!

Basically, I use a roller cage, a golf club handle, and some electrical tape. This is the surefire items list. How you harvest the three pieces you use can change, though they rarely deviate far from a pair of pliers or two and a Sawzall, Dremel, or pipe cutter. Almost forgot, the most important, SAFETY GOGGLES! I know I'm not your mother, (she's probably far more attractive), but trust me, red hot metal shavings are not good corneal conditioner.
Finally a sensible snake intstructable! Thank you!
This is actually a sweet idea I am gonna make one this week. I am sure this will work allot better than a stick
Yeah, I actually borrowed this idea from a show I watched years and years ago that had Jeff Corwin in it. The golf club handle was their idea. The paint roller was mine.
In order to dress it up nicely you could always put some colored hearshrink around it after this step
Never thought of it! I should give that a try!
i tryed this but before i connected the club handle to the roller handle i just cut up about 2 foot of solder into like 1 inch pieces, dropped the solder into the club handle, put the roller handle in, turned it back over, then torched the end to melt the solder, it worked great, you should try it!!!
Wow, that's a great idea! Next one I build, I'm trying that technique.
Not bad...whats the biggest snake you've used it on? I've never found a snake in the wild that was too large to pick up by hand, so my snake hook in used for my argentine boa and my carpet python.
FYI, this is a bit complex for most people. The way I built mine was far easier...I'll have to post how I did it...
I'd love to see! Feel free to post a link here when it's done!
I used it quite successfully on a few Racers while living in Kentucky, maybe 2 feet if I'm not exaggerating. I find it's really useful for holding the head down while getting a firm grip. Unfortunately, where I live currently, there really isn't too much in the way of snakes. Sad really.
Yeah actually you can use graphite shafts cause if you heat up the paint roller and stick it in it will form to it. I then put some superglue on it and covered it with electrical tape. Works like a charm...
Awesome! I'll give it a try the next time i can scavenge a graphite club. Thanks!
Awesome.. you just saved me from having to actually purchase something... and it sure beats the search for just the right stick before every hike. gracias
Glad someone else has a use for this!
hah! you live in Cuyahoga Falls too. i go to cuyahoga falls high, r u in school or are you older? (to see if i for some reason know u lol)
I am out of high school, but I am everywhere in the falls. The chances we have crossed paths is likely.
BTW, I love Meatwad.
I spy the quote of the week:<br/><br/><strong>Like most hobbies, your best bet is to start small and NON-VENOMOUS.</strong><br/><br/>If only they had given that advice <em>before</em> my uncle took up stamp-collecting... LOL<br/>
It may just be my being slow, but it took me until the last step to figure out what it did...I figured a snake snick was just a name for some other kind of gadget. Maybe put a quick summary of its use in the intro?
Ditto. I figured it was a tool for clearing clogged drains.
"how is this going to go inside the toilet?... ohhh"
Sorry to be misleading guys. HA!
smart! i knew what his right away, and looked right away because these are hard to make! well at least for me. :-)
This is a neat idea! I've seen these used and they really do help control the snake. But I tend to just use an actual stick. You don't usually have a nice professional one when you need it in the woods. ;)

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