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Old 03-01-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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I remember reading a thread on here about trapping snakes. I need info on how to make a few. There's a guy with an infestation of snakes under his house. The problem is I can't crawl into every place under there because of pipes and whatnot. They're mostly coachwhips but a few weeks ago he killed a rattlesnake in his house. So I gotta come up with something different to help him out since I don't have access to every square inch under that house.

I was thinking like a box type trap or a minnow trap style of trap. What do y'all think? I know I'm gonna get a bunch of suggestions saying he should burn the house down but I don't think he's wanting to go that route.lol
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:45 AM   #2
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Typically snakes are following food. Find what they are eating and get rid of that. When you do they will move on.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:47 AM   #3
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:51 AM   #4
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Typically snakes are following food. Find what they are eating and get rid of that. When you do they will move on.
There's a lot of mouse traps set in there. It's actually really warm down there because of the heating. That's kind of what prevented me from crawling anywhere. Those pipes are hot. I think that's one reason why they spent the Winter there. It's actually more than warm,I was sweating crawling around in the places I could get to.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:53 AM   #5
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:57 AM   #6
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Ok that's what I need to make right there. That's exactly the one I remember. I thought about just making them out of chicken wire or something. Nothing that has holes that are real wide. Coachwhips are pretty thin snakes so I don't want them squeezing their way out.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:06 AM   #7
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http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=560094

i postede this earlier on another thread, not sure if photobucket is showing the pics
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:09 AM   #8
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:34 AM   #9
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Wow, that is crazy.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:04 AM   #10
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I remembered asking questions and never getting around to building any. It's time to test my trap building skills. I've never ran into this problem. I've always just crawled under a house and got snakes out. It's pretty much impossible with this particular house.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:10 AM   #11
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We used to catch them with buried drift fence on either side into a funnel type box trap.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:12 AM   #12
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I've heard of people putting moth balls and sulfur under their house to keep snakes away. I'm not sure if it works, but I've heard it from several different people.

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Old 03-01-2018, 10:21 AM   #13
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I'm about 99.9% sure snakes have found their way in to the walls of that house. I saw a snake skin hanging out of a hole leading up in to the wall. The amount of snake skins I saw in there was ridiculous.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:36 AM   #14
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:51 AM   #15
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originally i used the solid hail screen traps and put a cover over them. i have seen built some one piece traps,( drawing above). i think its important for the snakes to have something to crawl under. not sure if they wouls work with it being just a wire trap
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HeLL to the no!
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:08 AM   #17
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originally i used the solid hail screen traps and put a cover over them. i have seen built some one piece traps,( drawing above). i think its important for the snakes to have something to crawl under. not sure if they wouls work with it being just a wire trap
Awesome man thank you. I could cover it that wouldn't be a problem. Although it seems like the majority of the snake skins were against the wall. They're kinda like mice in a way. Seems like they'll follow a wall vs. crawling out in the wide open.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:13 AM   #18
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Ive caught a bunch of snakes in a minnow trap on accident. I bet if you put a live mouse in the middle of it instead of the coke can you could catch a pile of them.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:16 AM   #19
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Very interested in trying this. I moved into a new place last year and killed 15 rattlers in 4 days before it got cold. All of them within 30 yards of my cabin. Three questions:

1. Do you bait the traps?
2. Preferred/safest method on getting them out?
3. When Iím shopping for materials, what are the little metal clamps called that join the wire of the screen?

Bonus question: preferred recipe for rattlers? First go around wasnít that great. Still got 5 or 6 left in the freezer.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:19 AM   #20
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Okrattler post pics if you build one
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:44 AM   #21
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My dad has caught his share in a plain ole minnow trap

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Old 03-01-2018, 12:11 PM   #22
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I'm going with burn the place down
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:14 PM   #23
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Okrattler post pics if you build one
I sure will. Will it look very good?....Well....That's questionable.Lol

I'm gonna go shopping later to see if I can't find what I need. I just hope they work. If not I'm kind of out of ideas other than catching them when they come completely out. Or just sealing that place up tighter than Fort Knox when they leave because they're for sure gonna keep going back.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:15 PM   #24
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That's the style of trap I originally thought about building. I don't see why it wouldn't work.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:17 PM   #25
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That's the style of trap I originally thought about building. I don't see why it wouldn't work.
He's using the wal mart version. Copperheads only

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Old 03-01-2018, 12:30 PM   #26
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1. Do you bait the traps? No block all other holes these trap work great and I have caught all kinds of animals in them. I reinforced mine in case skunks tear it up
2. Preferred method on getting them out? Throw in tank and drown them
3. When Iím shopping for materials, what are the little metal clamps called that join the wire of the screen? Hog rings should work

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Old 03-01-2018, 12:33 PM   #27
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Very interested in trying this. I moved into a new place last year and killed 15 rattlers in 4 days before it got cold. All of them within 30 yards of my cabin. Three questions:

1. Do you bait the traps?
2. Preferred/safest method on getting them out?
3. When Iím shopping for materials, what are the little metal clamps called that join the wire of the screen?

Bonus question: preferred recipe for rattlers? First go around wasnít that great. Still got 5 or 6 left in the freezer.
I tried smoked rattlesnake last year. It's way good. I don't like all those little rib bones in it and smoking them helps with that.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:37 PM   #28
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He's using the wal mart version. Copperheads only

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I'll see what I can find and maybe get some ideas for a trap by looking at an actual minnow trap. I'd like to be able to catch multiple snakes in one trap. I won't be able to make it out there every day so when I do I'd like to have a few waiting on me when I get there.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:42 PM   #29
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Awesome man thank you. I could cover it that wouldn't be a problem. Although it seems like the majority of the snake skins were against the wall. They're kinda like mice in a way. Seems like they'll follow a wall vs. crawling out in the wide open.
definitely against the wall
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:46 PM   #30
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1. Do you bait the traps? No block all other holes these trap work great and I have caught all kinds of animals in them. I reinforced mine in case skunks tear it up
2. Preferred method on getting them out? Throw in tank and drown them
3. When Iím shopping for materials, what are the little metal clamps called that join the wire of the screen? Hog rings should work
1 no, place them along a wall or barrier, snakes like to crawl close to cover
2 flip upside down (opens doors) pull out or let them crawl out and dispose of as you see fit. put one in a waster trough for 45 min and it was still alive
3 not sure of the names but are made to put rabbit/ chicken hutches together. got em a the local feed store, crimper there as well. hog rings should work if you can get them tight enough
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:55 PM   #31
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Throw a dozen golf balls under House.
Junk yards have been doing this forever....
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:57 PM   #32
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can you make one?
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:08 PM   #33
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definitely against the wall
Yep. Dad just sits the trap next to pen walls , outside of the barn etc. Always parallel to a wall or net wire

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Old 03-01-2018, 01:22 PM   #34
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A fish hook in a chicken egg will catch them just tie off the string to something stout
Not to humane but it works
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:48 PM   #35
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Many years ago, I saw a snake trap made out of a length of bamboo (it was based on a design from some country in SE Asia). Anyway, the trap was open on one end, and the other end had holes drilled in it to accommodate bamboo slivers to make a small cage. The cage contained the bait - either a mouse or small bird, and sharpened and hardened bamboo slivers were driven in at an angle (maybe 30 degrees) approximately a foot after the open end. The snake would enter the open end of the trap to go after the bait, but couldn't back up because of the sharpened bamboo slivers. Very simple but effective trap. No reason why you couldn't do the same thing with PVC pipe and some deck screws.

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Old 03-01-2018, 01:54 PM   #36
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:03 PM   #37
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I'm in for pics. Personally i don't think i would be able to sleep at night in that house AND i would kill every snake caught
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:10 PM   #38
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I have a trap in progress. I'm trying to make a different style of trap so it's a little bit time consuming. I just hope it works after I'm done. I've already been working on it for about 3 1/2 hours now.

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:13 PM   #39
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Post pics when ya get er done!
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:22 PM   #40
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Will do. I'm making it out of that garden mesh stuff. Somewhat like a minnow trap. Except I have the end of a soda can that lifts up and falls down to block the hole once they're in so they can't get back out and maybe I can catch multiple snakes that way.

It doesn't necessarily look like something that would take that long to make but once I start on something it's got to work just perfect and look exactly like I have envisioned or I'll start over.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:22 PM   #41
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:30 PM   #42
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I made one for a friend that had a rat snake getting into his chicken house. I used a 5' piece of 4" PVC and drilled a bunch of small holes around one end, at an angle of less than 45 degrees. I glued stainless, single strand, leader wire into the holes, all coming together in the center of the pipe. It essentially made it one way in but the snake couldn't come back because of all the little sharp ends of the wire. The other end had hard ware cloth over it. Caught it too.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:58 AM   #43
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Get M.E.B. or Leftridge, oh wait, you said traps not magnets....

Run vertical 2' x 100' blocking walls made from plywood or 1/4" wire mesh. At each end bury an empty 55gl barrel flush with ground. It helps to put a couple of mice in each barrel.
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