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

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

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.



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    28 Discussions


    2 years ago


    5 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    7 years ago on Step 2

    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. :-)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

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

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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