I find a couple snakes a year in my front yard, usually
harmless gopher snakes, but not always.
So it would be nice to be better prepared for the next one.
Have you've made a snake-catching tool for home use?
How did you make it?
Googling, I find this hook-stick:
And this snake hood:
A snake tong:
A snake noose:
On Mon, 03 Jun 2013 03:15:54 -0700, Bob_Villa wrote:
I saw a few of those, which seem easy to make by screwing
a flat L-shaped bracket onto the end of a walking stick.
Paint rollers also seem popular (as are rafter hooks):
I also saw a few really simple PVC pipe noose styles:
I haven't found any home-made snake tongs yet:
Any idea which work better (hook or noose or tongs)?
On Monday, June 3, 2013 5:34:56 AM UTC-5, Danny D wrote:
A hook is the safest...for the snake anyway! You don't have much control with
it...but it can be helpful to tire it.
Tongs are the safest for you!
We have no vipers in our Northern-clime...so we can be amateurs without too many
We don't have many snakes in Manitoba, and the few we do have aren't
Here's how I catch bees and wasps:
Put a clear glass jar over them, and then slide a piece of thin
cardboard under the jar to trap them inside the jar. Then lift the
assembly up, take it outside and remove the cardboard so that the bee or
wasp flies out of the jar.
Could you do a similar thing with a large plastic basin and a piece of
sheet metal or plastic laminate?
On Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:51:49 +0200, nestork wrote:
Yes, if the snake is on a hard enough flat enough surface.
Sometimes they are; sometimes they're not.
I can easily make the paint-roller hook, and the pvc-pipe noose,
but what would be nice is a set of 40" barbecue tongs!
On Tue, 04 Jun 2013 02:57:06 +0200, nestork wrote:
I think no matter *how* we catch a rattler, it isn't ever gonna be easy.
They're fast. And they can strike in an instant. I've only been
bitten once, but it was a shocker as I thought I had control of
the snake (it was a big gopher snake and I didn't wear gloves).
With a rattler, I wear gloves and boots and long sleeves and pants.
The trick is to capture them with nobody getting hurt, least of
all the snake. That's the hardest part, because the easiest thing
in the world is to smash it with a shovel. But that's not the goal.
There seem to be three main tools for trapping them:
1. Snake tongs (these seem to be the best for the vipers)
2. Snake noose (this is the really easy to make)
3. Snake hook (pretty easy to make also)
I'm sure *any* of those tools would be an improvement of what I use,
which is BBQ tongs and a garden rake.
I put the snakes in a plastic bucket; but apparently they won't
strike through a pillowcase (although a pillowcase seems might
flimsy to me - yet - I keep reading about people using them).
With the bucket, I walk it down to the ravine where I cut through
the poison oak, and then I lift off the cap of the bucket, and
essentially sling the snake into the as far as I can throw it.
I back off, just in case it's still mad at me for the indignity.
I've got at least three in that ravine to date. I'm the only
one who travels it, so, I doubt they'll be a nuisance to others.
A broom and a bucket seems to work for me
Put some leaves in one of those laundry detergent buckets. Drop it on
the side near the snake and push it near him. Get behind the snake and
whack the broom behind him. Most of the time they will "hide" in the
bucket. Stand it up and slap the top on.
On Mon, 03 Jun 2013 08:08:00 -0400, David L. Martel wrote:
I catch a few snakes a year, and only some of them
However, even the 4-foot long adult gopher snake I caught
bit me hard, drew blood even, little droplets, but clear as day it
struck hard through the skin - so I try not to handle *any* snake
by hand anymore.
But I only relocate the venomous ones.
I've been using garden tools; but each time I do, I wish I
had better tools, to protect both me and the snake from harm.
Hence why I asked.
I think I'll make the noose and the paint-roller hook;
but what I'd really want are a clever way to make the BBQ
tongs on a stick!
Hmmm... interesting question. Dunno. I relocate them on
my property, so, that might make a difference. I certainly
know an adjoining neighbor screams to kill them (and the
black widow spiders), but, she also complains about poison
oak and scotch broom, which isn't anything compared to a
rattler in terms of immediate danger.
Googling, these related CA government bulletins come up blank:
This simply mentions how to relocate them:
Here is a list of licensed snake relocators in CA:
This is apparently my local snake relocator:
I'll give him a call later this week to ask what the laws are,
but, I think rattlers aren't an endangered species - although
everything is regulated in California so I wouldn't doubt there
are some laws on what you can do with them once they're in the
Found this finally:
The six species of rattlesnakes found in California are not
considered endangered or threatened. The California Department
of Fish and Game Code classifies rattlesnakes as native reptiles.
California residents can take rattlesnakes on private lands in
any legal manner without a license or permit."
I'm not sure what "take" means though. Probably means kill?
Doesn't say anything about relocating; but the presumption is
that you can relocate at will, I guess.
"Take" means kill.
I am a snake guy and I don't mind most snakes being in my yard but I
might kill a rattle snake unless it was real easy to catch and
relocate somewhere far away.
I would certainly catch and relocate a Coral Snake but they are very
rare. I am sure I could get one of my DEP friends to come get it.
I go get all of the rat snakes, black racers and other benign snakes
that turn up in my neighbor's yards, screen cages and in one case,
house. I find them a home around here somewhere.
On Tue, 04 Jun 2013 01:32:31 -0400, gfretwell wrote:
I thought it interesting that they have a number for snake catchers.
Seems to me by the time a snake catcher arrived, the snake would
be long gone. In my experience, they don't just sit there once
Digging deeper, my Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
doesn't seem to be endangered in the least:
Crotalus oreganus oreganus
- U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) = None
- California Endangered Species Act (CESA) = None
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife = None
- Bureau of Land Management = None
- USDA Forest Service = None
Still nothing specific about whether or not you can relocate
them onto anywhere you want.
a naturalist here in Arizona told me that it is misguided and useless
to 'relocate' rattlers. They're extremely territorial and if you move
them, they either come back, or die. the rattlers, not the naturalists.
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