How to make a humane snake trap

Snakes are one of the most unwelcome houseguests that you can come across. Even though the majority of snakes are non-venomous, they are still not something that you want in your house. There are many traps available to purchase that will help you trap the snake and relocate it to a more desired location. It is always important to make sure that the snake is not venomous before you attempt to handle it. If you are not able to buy a trap, you can attempt to make your own.

Glue Trap

Glue traps for snakes are not as inhumane as those that are available for rodents. As long as the glue is not too abrasive, you can make one at home. 

  • Take a large piece of cardboard and cover it in glue. Place it in the area where you think the snake might be. 
  • Be careful to place it in a secure area. Birds and other animals could also become trapped, and they are not as easy to release. 
  • Check the area regularly to ensure that the snake doesn’t suffer. 
  • Once the snake is trapped, you can place it inside a bag and take it somewhere safe. 
  • Pour a small amount of oil over the snake to release it from the trap. Don’t use too much oil as this may do more harm than good.

Bottle Trap

This can be constructed from any plastic bottle that is large enough to contain the snake. 

  • Cut a hole in the container that is large enough for the snake to enter through. 
  • Place the bait inside the trap. It is advisable to purchase a frozen mouse from your local pet store. 
  • Once the snake has swallowed the mouse, it will be unable to leave through the same hole. Make sure that the hole is smaller than the mouse that you place inside or you will simply be feeding the snake. 
  • If necessary, use tape to make the hole smaller.

Rules for trapping a snake

You may think that it seems like an easy enough process. However, if you are not familiar with the type of snakes in your area, you should leave this to the professionals. If you are sure that you will be able to do it by yourself, there are some rules that you should follow. 

  • Never touch the snake. Even if the snake is not poisonous, you could still get bitten. You could also contract some diseases simply by touching a snake. 
  • Be careful when releasing the snake. It will not be happy and may lash out at you. 
  • Make sure that you wash the container carefully before making the trap. If they are able to smell other substances, they may decide that it isn’t worth the effort. 
  • Do not release the snake before you have checked the laws in your area. Some states do not permit the release of snakes once they have been caught. You will also not be allowed to release it on someone else’s property.