How to Make a Snake Trap

Most of us have a snake tale to tell.  I remember a time a few years back when we had just built our new house.  It was an exciting time for us and we were happy to share our joy with our family so we decided to have a barbecue. 

One of our house guests was my sister in law and as it turned out she was extremely afraid of snakes.  As luck would have it there happened to be a rather large garden snake crawling along the side of our house that day. 

We noticed it when we heard her bloodcurdling scream emanating from the side of the house.  The snake was rather harmless, but her reaction was typical for many people.

This story definitely sounds amusing now, but it wasn’t for her at the time.  I’ve no doubt probably most of us have a similar tale that we could tell. 

The point is that many of us have an innate fear of snakes that may not make a lot of sense.  If you have a snake problem around your home there are some things you can do about it. 

Commercial snake traps are available, but if you’re a little bit handy you can easily make your own.

So if you’re wondering how to make a snake trap then we’ve got you covered as we’ll be looking four different types of traps you can make yourself. We’ll also explain in detail the different materials you’ll need to make each type of trap.

Homemade Bottle Trick

One of the easiest snake traps you can make in your home involves using a simple plastic bottle. For this to work you need to understand how big the snake is that you’re trying to trap.

You’re not going to trap a boa in a coke bottle. If on the other side you’re trying to capture a smaller snake the homemade bottle trap may be ideal.

All you need to make this work is a large plastic bottle, a pair of scissors, and some bait. A frozen mouse that you can purchase at the pet store is perfect for this purpose.

The next step is to take the scissors and cut off the top of the plastic bottle and then place the bait in the main part of the bottle.

Then all you have to do is to turn the top piece around and insert it in the main body of the bottle – you should be able to wedge it in there tightly, but you can also use some tape to secure it more tightly if you like.

Once the snake enters the bottle and eats the bait it will be too large to get back out until the food has been digested. Now you have a trapped snake that’s ready to be transported to a remote area and released.

Remember to use caution when releasing the snake. You don’t want to antagonize it – especially if it is of the poisonous variety. Make sure to wear gloves, long sleeves, and pants as well.

Minnow or Funnel Trap

The minnow or funnel trap works in much the same way as the bottle trap only in this case you’ll be using some kind of mesh wire in place of the pop bottle.
When we were trapping that garden snake that was terrorizing my sister in law we rigged up something like this and in that case we used some chicken wire we had in the garage. You’ll also need a pair of wire snippers, some sort of ties (twist ties work nicely), and some tarp to place at the other end of your home made trap.
  1. The first you need to do is to create a large cylinder out of the wire mesh and use the ties to hold it in place.
  2. Then you’ll want to create a smaller wire mesh funnel with a small entrance for the snake to wriggle through.
  3. Once you’ve made this place the funnel inside the cylinder and secure it in place.
  4. The final step is to insert your bait and close off the other end with the tarp.
As was the case with the bottle trap once the snake has climbed inside and eaten the bait it will be too large to escape. You now have a trapped snake that you can easily and safely remove from your property.

Box Trap

If you like working with wood you might prefer the traditional box snake trap which can also be used for capturing various unwanted vermin around the home or cabin.

With this particular trap you’re going to build a box with a hinged door that you can latch and open for easy access when it’s time to release the trapped snake. First you need to trap it.

Your box should have some sort of door, in this case Plexiglas is an ideal choice, that only swings one way. You place the box near where the snake is believed to reside and wait for the snake to go after the bait.

Once the snake has entered through the door it will be unable to get back out as the door only swings one way. You can then secure it for transport to a safe area.

Glue Traps

A glue trap may be one of the easiest types of homemade snake trap you can make. If you don’t trust yourself to do it right you can also purchase these at many hardware stores and other specialty stores.

All you need is a large piece of cardboard, some strong adhesive tape, and of course your bait.

You simply apply a complete layer of the adhesive tape to the cardboard, making sure that it’s securely in place and that there’s enough of it to cover the entire area of the cardboard.

You now have a glue trap that’s ready to capture your snake.

Place the bait in the center of the trap and then move the trap into place where you believe the snake will find it. Again, a mouse is the perfect bait for capturing a snake.

Once the snake has eaten the bait it will be trapped and unable to move by the tape.

You can then safely move the snake away from your home and release it into the wild. To allow the snake to free itself from the tape you’ll need to pour some vegetable oil on it.

Final Thoughts

While these traps are all something just about anyone can make in their own home in no time you do have to be a little creative.

If building things out of everyday household items just isn’t you’re thing you may be better off to buy a commercial snake trap rather than taking any chances.

Snakes can be dangerous and you need to take every precaution when interacting with them in anyway.

For those that are confident in their handyman skills anyone of the snake traps we’ve discussed in this article will get the job done.