How to Use a Snake Hook

When it comes to dealing with snakes, there are various tools and methods that you can use. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how to use a snake hook. A snake hook is a tool used to capture and handle snakes safely and effectively.

How to Use a Snake Hook

It is important to use the snake hook correctly in order to avoid injuring yourself or the animal. This blog post will discuss the proper way to use a snake hook. We’ll also discuss the different types of snake hooks available. Keep reading to learn more!

Step by Step Guide: How to Use a Snake Hook

Step 1: Hold Your Snake Hook

Hold the hook gently in one hand and the end of the pole with the other. The hook should be facing downward so that if a snake were to bite you it would go for the metal and not your hand. You do not want a snake to smell your skin, so keep yourself clean by wearing gloves.

Step 2: Check Your Gear

Check your gear before any attempt at removal, shake your boots and make sure they are snake proof. Loosen your belt, which should be kept tight to keep your pants up. Wear shoes with laces that can easily be untied, this way you do not have to worry about the hassle of trying to pull your boots off while standing on a snake.

Step 3: Locate Your Snake. 

Locate the snake you are attempting to pick up; make sure it is not a venomous species. Venomous snakes will have triangular heads, and if the head of your snake is rectangularly shaped, then you know for sure that you are dealing with a non-venomous species.

Venomous Snakes Will Have Triangular Heads

Non-venomous snakes are typically much more active than venomous snakes and will defend themselves more. This type of snake is much more dangerous than a venomous one!

Step 4: Approach the Snake Slowly

Slowly approach the snake from its head, not too close it might strike you. It is best not to look into their eyes because it will intimidate them and they will most likely strike at you; just stay calm, and they won’t sense anything that you would like to avoid.

Step 5: Make Your Move

Getting a snake into your snake hook is not as simple as it seems, be sure to take your time and not rush the process. If the snake has coiled itself around a tree, make sure to use force and lay it out flat before attempting to pick it up with your hook. If the snake is flat, meaning it has never coiled itself, then you should do so before attempting to pick it up.

Step 6: Get a Good Grip

Get a good grip on the snake with your hook and slowly lift it off the ground by bringing it into an upright position. Be sure not to pet or touch the snake with your bare hands, because if you do, it will become stressed and could strike at you. Be sure to hold onto the tail end of the pole for support.

Step 7: Transport Your Snake

Once you have successfully used your hook to pick up a snake, securely transport it carefully over to where ever it is that you would like to release it. Place the snake so that its head is facing away from you, most snakes are not poisonous to humans, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Make sure not to drop the snake either because it could become injured or stressed out and attack you if you do!

Successfully Used Your Hook

Step 8: Release Your Snake

Release your snake by slowly lifting it off of the ground and placing it somewhere where you would like it to be. Remember not to drop a snake because they can get hurt if you do this! Then, carefully release the snake from your hook and put it back into nature, congratulations! You did a great job.

Some Helpful Tips and Suggestions

Here are some helpful tips on how to use a snake hook.

1. Determining where to hook the snake.

2. Forgetting about personal feelings and concerns while working with venomous snakes.

3. Make sure you are comfortable with your equipment, specifically the hook or hooks on your snake hook.

4. Remember that you should always be behind or diagonal from the head of the snake when removing it from its enclosure (a pillowcase works well).

5. Using your body weight, not strength, to restrain the snake is most effective and safest for both you and the snake.

6. Try not to let your emotions get in the way when removing a snake from its enclosure. It is ideal to be completely detached from it emotionally to focus on what you are doing with 100% concentration. You do not want any distractions or any chance of you losing focus when performing the extraction.

7. If a particular snake has been known to be bad-tempered, it may help to use a smaller hook or grab the snake from an exposed section such as the neck for that attempt rather than letting it coil around your arm or hand.

Use a Smaller Hook

Five Easy Ways to Safely Handle Snakes with a Snake Hook

1. Approach the Snake From Above:

Approach the snake from above. This is the most important step in handling snakes successfully! You can safely evaluate the snake’s behavior and determine if it’s safe to handle using a hook by approaching the snake vertically. For example, if the snake exhibits defensive behavior by shaking its tail or coiling up, it should be left alone.

2. Clear All Obstructions:

Clear all obstructions by tucking your pants into your socks, tucking in the shirttails, and wearing gloves to protect against fangs. Ensure all garden tools like hoes, rakes, shovels, etc., are moved away from the area you will be working.

If the snake is coiled up or resting, gently push the obstructions off to the side. If you can’t move them without disturbing or touching the snake, mark their location so you can avoid them while you are working with the snake.

3. Use a Long Hook:

Using a long hook-like 6 feet is ideal. By keeping your distance from the snake’s striking range, you can safely assess the snake’s behavior. In addition, you should be able to see the majority of the body at all times, allowing you to monitor its breathing and other changes in behavior that indicate stress level. However, if necessary, use a shorter hook to have a closer look at the head or mouth area.

4. Toss the Hook Near the Snake:

Toss the hook near (never directly at) the snake if needed. Use your judgment to determine if you can approach closer to attempt to flip or corral it into a tarp with smooth edges. Look for an open spot between coils where you can force your hook in and slide the coils apart. Keep all body parts outside of striking range from the snake’s mouth and tail at all times.

5. Gently Corral the Snake:

If you can’t reach a spot between coils where you can put your hook in, use a gentle corralling technique to move the snake to a safe location. Keeping one hand on the hook, use your fingers to gently form a cage around the snake that allows it to move but prevents it from striking you.

Keeping One Hand on the Hook

If you plan to relocate the snake, make sure there are no obstructions where you will place it. Once safely contained in a tarp or cage, remove the hook and place a rock on top of it to prevent the snake from escaping. Once you are within range, continue to safely monitor the snake’s breathing and other movements to determine if it’s recovering or exhibiting signs of stress.

Safety Precautions and Warnings

1. Always have a clear path of exit.

2. Carry the snake hook in front of you, not behind you, so that if something goes wrong, it won’t hit your back.

3. Be aware of where the other people are around you when using a snake hook.

4. Don’t try to get too close to the animal because they are unpredictable.

5. Be careful not to injure yourself on the snake’s fangs or scales while removing it from your home or property.

6. Don’t try to kill any venomous snakes because they are dangerous and need to be taken seriously with safety in mind.

7. Always be calm and collected because you don’t want to do anything to agitate the snake or make it defensive.

8. Don’t try to use a snake hook on any animals that are too large for you to handle safely because they could cause serious injury.


A snake hook is an important tool for anyone who works with snakes. It can be used to safely handle a snake, move it from one place to another, and even help remove the snake from a trap. Several types of snake hooks are available on the market, so it’s important to select the right one for your needs. 

When using a snake hook, always take caution and be aware of your surroundings. Stay safe while handling these dangerous creatures! We hope this blog post has helped guide you on how to use a snake hook. If you have any questions or want to know more, then feel free to comment below!

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