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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.
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Step 1: Materials!

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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.

Step 2: Make the Cut!

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I harvested my golf club handle from a rooftop, in Cuyahoga Falls. I recommend using steel handles. Though I have never tried graphite, it is reasonable to assume it has too much flex.
My club handle had already been bent until it snapped, but in order to make sure the hole is round, I still had to cut off a small section.
Choose the length that fits you best. My current stick is about 50 inches. This one is about 40.
Dremel, Sawzall, pipe cutter, whatever. Just be careful.

Step 3: Disassemble the Roller Cage.

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One of the best steps, Destruction.
Don't really care how you get it done, just do it. Remember.
I found that to remove the outer wires, it's easiest to just grab the opposing ones and pull HARD.
After that, you can hit the plastic end caps with a hammer until they break. Then there are a couple retaining washers. I just cut them with a pair of side cutters. Afterwards, remove the handle in roughly the same manner as the plastic end caps.

Step 4: Insertion.

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Go ahead. You know you want to.
Check to make sure your fit is loose enough to slide in. Go all the way to the first bend.
kracken421 year ago
Finally a sensible snake intstructable! Thank you!
GreyWarden4 years ago
This is actually a sweet idea I am gonna make one this week. I am sure this will work allot better than a stick
hailtothkngbby (author)  GreyWarden4 years ago
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.
GreyWarden4 years ago
In order to dress it up nicely you could always put some colored hearshrink around it after this step
hailtothkngbby (author)  GreyWarden4 years ago
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!!!
hailtothkngbby (author)  bassmasta10106 years ago
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...
hailtothkngbby (author)  Charlie246016 years ago
I'd love to see! Feel free to post a link here when it's done!
hailtothkngbby (author)  Charlie246016 years ago
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...
hailtothkngbby (author)  BoredOutOfSkull6 years ago
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
hailtothkngbby (author)  Timthedrifter7 years ago
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)
hailtothkngbby (author)  !Andrew_Modder!7 years ago
I am out of high school, but I am everywhere in the falls. The chances we have crossed paths is likely.
hailtothkngbby (author)  hailtothkngbby7 years ago
BTW, I love Meatwad.
Kiteman7 years ago
I spy the quote of the week:

Like most hobbies, your best bet is to start small and NON-VENOMOUS.

If only they had given that advice before my uncle took up stamp-collecting... LOL
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.
theRIAA snoyes7 years ago
"how is this going to go inside the toilet?... ohhh"
hailtothkngbby (author)  theRIAA7 years ago
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. ;)