Simple Snake Hook
How To Build A Simple Snake Hook
Understanding Snake Hooks
Snake hooks and snake tongs are design for the safe handling of animals that may be venomous or who may have a nasty disposition. This simple snake hook design explained below is a "quick fix" for when a professional snake hook or snake tongs are not available.
Snake hooks come in a variety of shapes, designs, and lengths. You can also purchase snake tongs, which are designed to "grab" the snake. These "tongs" are especially useful for snakes that are prone to not staying on snake hooks as they give you better control over the animal.
The basic snake hook is nothing more than a long stick that has a hook of some sort on the end. This is what the instructions within this guide are for.
It is ALWAYS a good idea to practice safe handling when dealing with nippy snakes, or even snakes you can't identify positively as being harmless. If you don't recognize the species, treat it as dangerous. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep Your Distance: The entire purpose of using hooks and tongs for snake removal and handling is to keep the snake a safe distance from you. Many species of snake can strike up to 2/3 the length of their body. This is especially true for an animal that is adequately warm. Whenever possible, keep the snake at least one snakes length away from your body.
Take It Slow: Most snake strikes occur when the handler is moving too quick and somehow startles or frightens the snake. If you move slowly and remain calm, you can normally gain control over the snake with its full cooperation. Hesitation and sudden quick movements can give the snake an opportunity to flee or fight.
Reality Check: You always need to keep yourself from becoming complacent. Over confidence in your own abilities could easily make you become a bite victim. Snakes are wild animals. As such, they are never 100% predictable. As you gain experience with handling snakes, you will likely realize that they are not very difficult to control once you understand them. This doesn't make you immune to those days that they do not react to the "normal" routine. Never attempt to "pin" or "tail" a snake that you do not recognize. In some instances, the snake could "double over" and tag you. When in doubt, treat the snake as dangerous and respect its abilities.
Respect It: Snakes, particularly the larger species and those that are venomous, are very powerful animals. They have the ability to cause you harm, regardless as to how tame you may believe they are. In all instances of snake handling, you should always show the animal the respect it deserves. This means that under all circumstances, you should follow the rules above. if you show the animal the respect it deserves, you will decrease the chance that you are injured!
1 - Paint roller handle/broom stick handle with male threaded end
1 - 2-3" Corner Paint Roller
First, take the paint roller and remove everything until you are left with the bare metal/plastic frame. (This includes the disc's that insert into the paint rollers.)
Next, screw the end of the paint roller on to the handle of the paint roller handle or broomstick.
That's it! This will make a quick and effective snake hook for when you are removing your snakes for feeding or if you are heading out to a location where you may encounter snakes that are best left at a distance.
Author: Richard Brooks