What equipment is needed to catch a snake?

There are different kinds of equipment that will come in handy when catching a snake. You can familiarize yourself with the use of snake tongs and snake hooks. You can practice their use on toy snakes or snake-like objects until you feel fully comfortable with the tools. Below you can find some more information about the snake catching equipment that is available.

Hooks: You can use the hooked end of this tool to pick the snake up. The hook should be aimed roughly on the middle of the body and then the user can lift up. You have to be careful so that you do not stab a snake with the hook. You should be slow and also gentle. The snake will not slip off when you use the hook if you use smooth movements. You should not use force because you may lose control of the snake.

Snake scoop: Some snakes are difficult to hook, so the user may need to make a makeshift snake scoop. This works better for smaller snakes. You can make a snake scoop by cutting the bottom off of a clean bleach bottle or plastic milk jug.

Tongs: There are some types of snake tongs that can be dangerous when they are not handled correctly. They may cause the snake pain or injury if they are gripped too hard. The snake may get injured and if it feels pain, it may bite or struggle. This is why it is important to be gentle. You do not have to grip hard.

Snake nets and bag sticks: You can use a snake bag stick or you can make your own bag stick by making a triangular frame with a large pillowcase, or you can use a net that has a deep or large pocket. A snake may need to be manipulated, chased, lifted and pushed into the net or bag. The good news is that this is easier than it sounds. Sometimes if you place the open end of the net or bag in front of a snake, the animal may bag itself with only a little push from the handler. If the snake hides in an enclosed space, putting a bag over the exit can be a very effective way to catch it.

If you would rather not catch the snake yourself, call a wildlife removal expert to take care of the problem for you.

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