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    I have a weird history with catching snakes. I once caught a viper in a fishing net when I was 6. Long story short. I told my dad there were snakes swimming in the small pond I was trying to fish. He didn't believe me, so I decided to catch one. I did, walked up to my father, presented the fishing net under his nose. To which he responded by falling backwards on his chair telling me it's a viper, in a distressed kinda way.

    I would however not suggest to catch them with fishing nets. :P

    As a teen I once hunted snakes in Italy using a stick and a fishing line with a noose. Which was very effective. People on animal planet catch them by pushing their heads down with twigs and then grabbing their heads. I never really thought that was a smart way to catch them though. What if the twig brakes, or the snake gets out underneath. Noosing them seems safer to me. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    People on animal planet catch them by pushing their heads down with twigs and then grabbing their heads. I never really thought that was a smart way to catch them though. What if the twig brakes, or the snake gets out underneath. Noosing them seems safer to me. :P
    There ya go. Amazing how many people watch tv and then think its perfectly smart to just imitate them :/. Pinning them down with a stick has to be done correctly, or as you said, they can slip out or the stick itself and break. It's much smarter to tie it up or hit it from a distance, rendering it incapable of biting you BEFORE you close the distance to finish it off or what have you.

    When I encountered a rattler yesterday, I had time to put together my spear and reinforce it with tape (knowing the thing was likely to bend as it had earlier in the day when I tried it on a harmless type of snake). I should've taken the time to just take out my string or fishing line and tie a loop on the end of the pole, then used my knife or box cutter to kill it. Oh well, next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risen View Post
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    Use a sack, and litter picker...

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    Keep in mind, a snake can still "bite" you reflexively, even if it's "dead." In any case, remove the head and crush the jaw sideways. Be sure to put the head somewhere where dogs won't get at it. It can still release venom and be dangerous.

    The only tools I've used to kill/capture snakes have been:

    - pellet rifle
    - shovel
    - machete

    Pellet rifle is good if you have a clean shot.

    They also make shot loads (shot shells) for handguns. Chambered in .45 you can take out most small pests with minimal property damage.





    The shovel is something you almost certainly own. You can smack it with the broad side to stun and then go for the head. Or, just come up on it and chop down. Or, give it a prod, get it moving from the coiled position, and then chop down.


    The machete is equally effective, but you'll mess up the blade if you're on anything except for grass. Just swing.


    Gutting a snake is simple. Cut into skin and peel it back. I gutted a snake as a matter of curiosity, and because I wanted to use the skin for something or other. I ended up messing up the skin. Too bad, pretty nice looking copperhead.

    Cooking it is probably simple. Just cut it up and cook it cajun style.
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    Locally, we've got a certain type of snake you can pick up by it's neck and it goes limp.

    It seems to faint.

    Wish I could remember the specific type, but it's been so long kind of gone "senile" lol

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    I think my method of choice will have to be in suing my 55" pole with an attachable extension that has a wide end to hold the snake down with. Once the snake is pinned, I can come closer and wack it with a machete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risen View Post
    I think my method of choice will have to be in suing my 55" pole with an attachable extension that has a wide end to hold the snake down with. Once the snake is pinned, I can come closer and wack it with a machete.

    You might want to consider an extension with teeth.

    For example, if you press against a snake's head with a flat, smooth pole extension, it can slither around it if it overpowers your hold on it, or if you lose your footing approaching it, etc.

    BUT - if your pole's extension has "teeth" then it will more likely dig into the little booger, maybe even enough to pierce his skin, further compelling him to stay still while you go in for the kill.

    Finally, what about a chemical inhalant to disorient the snake? Like carburetor cleaner, or brake cleaner, or some other crazzy, high pressure, volatile hydrocarbon vapor? Spray, hold down with pole, whack with machete, LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    You might want to consider an extension with teeth.

    For example, if you press against a snake's head with a flat, smooth pole extension, it can slither around it if it overpowers your hold on it, or if you lose your footing approaching it, etc.

    BUT - if your pole's extension has "teeth" then it will more likely dig into the little booger, maybe even enough to pierce his skin, further compelling him to stay still while you go in for the kill.
    That is the plan, actually. Just need to find something "toothy" to use for that purpose. The spikes cant be too long either, as most of the terrain is solid rock and pressing it against the ground would only leave extra space for the snake to slip around. In fact, a single spike would even work.

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    I'm in California too. I've kept snakes for most of my life and have encountered them in the wild many times. Thankfully, most California rattlers are not as bad tempered as many other varieties in the other States.

    Best thing to do is just let them be. Most bites usually occur when people try to handle or deal with the snakes, NOT just from accidentally coming upon them and probably never will a rattlesnake actively attack someone.

    Rattlesnakes cannot jump or leap when they bite, and will only strike out to a distance of their coiled (S-like) position, usually only a couple feet at most. But they have very fast strikes, so don't tempt them.

    If you are intent on killing one for meat, then pinning them down firmly and chopping of the head is the best way. You can use a snake stick, tongs, or other firm and flat stick or object to pin their head down, then something flat and sharp like a shovel head or machete to chop off the head. I highly recommend NOT trying to use a knife, as it gets your hands too close to the head and that is looking for trouble. Discard the dead head if possible without picking it up, cause they can still bite shortly after being killed.

    Using any sort of chemicals on the snake probably won't have the effect you are looking for, and would likely damage the environment you are in. Don't bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
    Locally, we've got a certain type of snake you can pick up by it's neck and it goes limp.

    It seems to faint.

    Wish I could remember the specific type, but it's been so long kind of gone "senile" lol
    Sounds like a hognose snake. Does it roll over and play dead too?

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