How to Make a Homemade Snake Trap? Time to DIY!

How to Make a Homemade Snake Trap The chances of encountering a snake near your residence are always present because we share the same planet. The possibility of this unplanned confrontation increases when you go on adventures or live near a wildlife-friendly habitat. You can defuse the scary situation if you know how to make a homemade snake trap from available household items.

One type of snake trap does not work for all serpents. You will need a different snake trap to seize the trespasser under the given circumstances. The article below contains the necessary equipment and brief guidelines for building snake traps according to your needs.

So, delve into it to learn how you can make one when the situation occurs.

How to Make a Homemade Snake Trap?

There are four most effective and common types of snake traps that you can make at home, provided that you have the requisite materials. These include bottles, glue, minnow, and wooden box traps.

The method for making each one of them is different. Therefore, we will give you a step-by-step guide for each number wise.

  • How to DIY a Bottle Snake Trap?

Let’s start with the method of construction of a funnel trap. The materials you need for that are:

  1. A washed and dried bottle, probably of 2 litres.
  2. Glue.
  3. Sharp pair of scissors.
  4. Snake bait.


Construction Method

  1. Take a clean plastic bottle; a 1.5 or 2-litres bottle will do.
  2. Make a hole in the bottle with scissors. The hole should be adequately wide, neither too small nor too large. A snake can enter through it but can’t get out after consuming the bait.
  3. Place the snake bait inside the bottle. You can use chicken egg or rodent as bait.
  4. Leave the trap in an area the snake frequently passes through or visits.
  5. When the snake gets trapped inside the bottle, relocate the entire thing.

Note: The snake swallows the whole creature, bait. So, its body gets bigger, becoming impossible for it to slither out of the tiny opening. You should relocate the trap when the snake is still digesting its food.

  1. Cut the bottle carefully to set the creature free. The place should be safe for it to thrive.

    2.  How to Make a Minnow Trap?

Some people know a minnow trap as a “door wire funner cage trap.” It is quite similar to a bottle trap. The only difference is that of the material. A minnow trap is best for capturing adult snakes.

Here is what you need to build this thing.

  1. Wires.
  2. A wire cutter.
  3. Snake bait.

Construction Method

  1. Construct two cylindrical cones of the same size with a cable.
  2. Keep the size of the nake in mind to measure the diameter of the trap. It shouldn’t be more than 15 to 20cm.
  3. Build a single funnel from the two cones using the same wire.
  4. The entry hole should be wide enough that a starved snake could easily crawl through it. It shouldn’t be too large to allow an easy escape to the sated reptile.
  5. Place a live mouse or an egg in the funnel as bait.
  6. Seal both cylinders with wires – don’t seal it so tight that opening it becomes a duel. Here, your minnow trap is ready to serve you.
  7. Once the problematic snake is trapped inside, open the wires of the cylinders to let the serpent go where it should have been in the first place. This means you need to set the creature free in a favourable habitat.

An Advice: It is mandatory to wear snakeproof boots and gloves during relocating the trap and setting the prisoner free.

    3.  DIY Glue Trap

The method for constructing a homemade glue trap is super easy. You just need to have:

  1. Cardboard or a piece of wood.
  2. Double-sided adhesive pad or high-quality glue.
  3. Bait.
  4. Cooking oil or adhesive remover.

Construction Method

  1. Form a nice and thick layer of adhesive on cardboard or wooden tray.
  2. Put snake bait, such as insects or a mouse, on the glued surface. That’s it!
  3. Place the trap in that spot where the snake is often spotted. The snake will get plastered to the glued plank when it crawls over the tray to feast on the bait.
  4. Move the tray to a place farther from your home. It should have a snake-friendly environment, probably a forest.
  5. Generously pour cooking oil or adhesive remover on the tray and snake to un-stuck your prisoner.

A Tip: Please make sure to have snakeproof boots and other protective gear on during the entire process.

    4.  Wooden Box Trap

Making a wooden box trap at home is easy and requires little effort. Another best thing about this thing is that it is reusable. These traps are suitable for capturing adult and wild serpents.

You can construct it yourself if you have the following equipment:

  1. Wooden planks.
  2. Nails/screws.
  3. A drill or hammer.

Construction Method

  1. Cut the wooden planks into equal sizes. You will need five wooden pieces.
  2. Nail the planks together to make a wooden box.
  3. Drill a hole on one side of the box as an opening for the snake to enter. Make sure the lid of the box closes on its own.
  4. Make two doors of adequate size – they should be a little larger than the entry hole you created.
  5. Shut the lid of the box.
  6. Place the box on the hiding spot where the snake has taken cover. Make sure the opening hole you have created faces the entrance of the snake’s residence.

So, when the snake tries to come out of its shelter, it will unwillingly slither into the box. The lid will shut on its own, arresting the culprit for you.

  1. You can now carry the box to any place you deem fit for releasing the troublemaker. There, you can open the box to set the reptile free. Easy peasy, told ya!

Wrap Up

Killing a snake is absolute cruelty when you can easily capture these trespassers in a snake trap. You just need to know how to make a homemade snake trap. As you have seen above, building any snake trap on your own isn’t difficult, considering you have the necessary equipment available. Invest your energy and time in these DIY snake trap techniques so that you can cope with unexpected snake encounters.

About the author

Clinton Newman

Clinton Newman is a herpetologist and part-time blogger who loves to study snakes and their behavior. He is always called by neighbors to help them catch or get rid of snakes in their houses. . He's a passionate traveler and does a lot of Hiking and Hunting Adventures. His favorite places are Forests, Deserts, and Mountains. Now, he's guiding other Hikers to hike safely through this blog by reviewing the top best picks gears for safety and also guiding on Snakes and ways to deal with them.