Build A Better Snake Trap – If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have the slightest idea what a well-designed snake trap would look like, much less have any idea of what’s involved in trapping a snake in the first place.
In the first place, those who are in the professional snake removal business generally rely on catching snakes out in the open or in their dens, rather than setting out a snake trap or two, but sometimes this latter method is a good approach.
Most snake traps that are advertised are of the live release variety, as most snakes, even some of the venomous ones, perform a valuable function.
In addition, there are few snake trap designs that other small creatures are going to see as being for snakes only, and consequently avoid. If you set out a snake trap you can probably expect to catch a squirrel or mouse along the way.
A One-Way Trap
While snake trap designs can vary, two of the more common principles involved are the funnel design, and the use of a glue or adhesive. As far as the funnel design is concerned, once a snake starts to enter a funnel it will keep on going If you ever see a snake crawl backwards it will be a rare sight indeed.
Snakes are generally not equipped, or at least ill-equipped, to crawl backwards. They aren’t built that way. That plus the fact that they find it much easier to crawl through a funnel from the large end than to find the small end, especially if it’s off the surface, makes the funnel design very effective.
Turning Around Doesn’t Work
As far as using glue or adhesive is concerned, if a snake feels itself crawling over something that it’s becoming attached to, it can’t back away from the problem. Again it’s a case of the snake not being equipped to move backwards.
Instead, the snake will usually attempt a U-turn, or at least try to move more of its body around to where it can gain traction, with the result even more of it gets stuck.
The use of glue may seem a little inhumane but it’s really not. Adhesive based mouse traps are, because the mouse once trapped by an adhesive will either starve to death or be injured if an attempt is made to remove it.
A special adhesive is used in a snake trap. The snake will remain stuck until your find it, but applying a little cooking oil will cause the adhesive to lose its grip, and the snake will soon work its way free.
Caution Is The Watchword
Naturally, unless you know a great deal about different types of snakes and their behavior, it’s not wise to reach into a snake trap to remove and set free a snake. The snake is either going to be fearful, mad, or a bit of both. Even non-venomous snakes can sometimes deliver a nasty bite unless you know what you’re doing.
Where do you place a snake trap? You place in on path of where snakes are known to travel, or at least thought to travel. There are snake scents or lures available, but a funnel trap placed such that the snake sees going in the funnel easier than going around it won’t necessarily need a lure.
Snake traps can be purchased online, or in stores that deal in such things, plus there are various do-it-yourself designs available. This is one area where it’s good to know what you’re doing before you get too far along, especially if any of the snakes which frequent the area in which you live happen to be of the venomous variety.