Snake sticks - to catch snakes
Hi - I live in a lush "jungle" type environment in Sai Kung - lots of thick bush, only 3 houses in our area and with that snakes (boar,monkeys etc) are frequent. I don't mind the snakes but sometimes I find them too close to the back door ! Last night I found a large banded krait and called the police to remove it - they came and stuck their batons under the pot plant and just watched it slither into the shed area that houses my extra fridge/dog food etc !! I need to buy a snake stick to do it myself - I don't want to kill them but just remove away from the property...I have a friend who is familiar with handling snakes etc and if I have the right kit I can do a better job than what I witnessed last night !!! Any place where I can buy one ? much appreciated..
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Posted by kopfan888 (2863 days ago)
I'm suprised the police actually came out to try and remove a snake!. I'd ask one of the vets in sai kung as I'm sure they'd know where to get one.
Posted by TC (2863 days ago)
There are also professional snake catchers (I think that should be 'professional snake-catchers' as there aren't too many professional snakes around...but there again, this is HK) around who could do the job for you. I'd only be doing it myself if I was totally confident in my ability. And I'm also surprised that the police even did anything - perhaps as they were there they felt that at least they had to defend the proverbial damsel in distress. It's not their domain. Next time try the Dept of Agriculture etc etc who have the contact details of the snake catcher. But if you are hell-bent on doing it yourself then take extreme care.
Posted by abcd1234twinkle (2863 days ago)
why not sprinkle sulfur around your house....or as far away as you wanna keep them?
we do that around our place and never see any snake nearby since we do this!
Posted by TC (2863 days ago)
I still think it was a token gesture, because as long as the snake was outside the house nobody was in much danger. Far more important things for the lads to do - like upholding the law.
Posted by Katherine (2863 days ago)
Hi - thanks for all the replies..all valid and helpful - you'd have to see the layout, the surrounds of the house -although its very open in places.. the snake was too close for comfort and simply could not get away without assistance - it was most definitely a banded krait and didnt want THAT hanging around..(14 times more venomous than a cobra..) I had a good long look at it as it was still light at the time I first saw it..and double checked pics .. tks for the police story and I agree that the police have better things to do...I don't call them for every snake as up to this point they all had access to slither back to the bush..and then I don't bother - but this call was a genuine assistance call..I was on my own and on way out ..knowing that i'd have to come back to face it in the dark .. I am going to get sulphur and make enquiries for the snake catcher and get a snake stick and wear thigh high big thick wellies ...if I can find some... I think i'm all set now !! thanks again ...
Posted by Ringo23 (2862 days ago)
Don't rely on the sulphur. I put some around the perimetre of my yard after a cobra incident, only to find another cobra in the yard not long after.
Only truly effective method is a physical barrier, but that's not possible sometimes.
As for snake sticks, I've never seen any commercially available. You might want to contact the professionals for that info.
I've caught a few snakes and always used a normal stick. In one case I used a barbeque fork; not utilising the fork but just pressing the fork across the back of the neck/head area.
The way I do it is to secure the head/neck under the stick, not under the tip of the stick but using it lengthways. Grab the tail, make sure the head is secure (can't stress that last bit!). Secure the tail with your foot and move your hand up to the neck. Pinch the neck with thumb and side of the forefinger, others fingers clenched and supporting forefinger. Pinch as high as you can on the neck to avoid the snake twisting and biting your hand. If needs be, roll the stick up the head to allow for a higher grip.(hence using the stick lengthways, not the tip.)
When your hand is secure, remover the stick. Keeping the thumb and forefinger clenched, wrap your remaining fingers round the snakes throat for a secure grip. All of this with moderate pressure as you don't want to damage the snake, but firm enough that it can't wriggle.
Not recommending you try it yourself, but if you do, make sure you're confident. You don't want to be hesitant or faff around.
Posted by winterthur (2862 days ago)
You can contact Toni Ip. He is the president of the Hong Kong Reptile and Amphibian Society www.hkras.org. He can certainly give you a good advice how to remove the snakes from your property.
Please do not kill these animals!!!
Posted by hkkm (2862 days ago)
I wouldn't recommend you try to remove snakes yourself. In Australia, most cases of snakebite result from people trying to catch/pick up/chase away snakes. Definitely don't try and pick up poisonous snakes!