How to Make a Garter Snake Trap

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Whether a garter snake is in your house or your yard, removing garter snakes gives some people peace of mind. Although they can bite people, these non-venomous snakes only eat small animals, including aquatic invertebrates, worms, small lizards, baby birds and small mammals. Garter snakes grow up to 3 feet long, but their girth remains narrower than most snakes. With more than a dozen species throughout the United States, these common snakes keep small pests under control and should not be bothered, if possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue Traps
  • Glue or staple gun
  • Plywood
  • Vegetable oil
  • Mesh fencing
  • Stakes
  • Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Mat or cloth
  • Gloves

Inside

  • Create a 2-foot by 2-foot square using a glue gun or a staple gun to attach glue traps to a firm surface such as plywood.

  • Lay the trap against the wall where the snake will likely cross.

  • Check the trap at least once a day.

  • Move the entire trap outside once the snake is caught.

  • Pour vegetable oil on the garter snake to break down the glue and release it.

Outside

  • Construct two sets of mesh fencing at least 2 feet high and long enough to parallel the width of the area where the snake has been located.

  • Place the fences in a "V" shape but leave a 1-foot gap between the two fences. The fences funnel the snake to the gap.

  • Bury a large bucket until the rim is level with the ground.

  • Cover it with a material such as a mat or cloth, which easily falls into the bucket.

  • Check the bucket often because other animals may fall into this trap. Garter snakes may also fall into the trap without the material.

  • Wear thick gloves to pull the snakes out of the bucket for relocation.

  • Remove the trap as soon as it has served its purpose to avoid trapping other animals.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative trap to set at the apex of the fences consists of a see-through container with a funnel on the opening. The snake goes through the funnel but cannot get back through the small opening. However, the snake's release proves more problematic with this design.
  • While garter snakes have no venom, the bite hurts like any other animal bite.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the snakes.

References

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