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How to safely relocate copperheads and other snakes

By Toni Constant
Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - I have moved several copperheads out of my garden this way. I hope this information will prove to be helpful.

  • 1st - You want a calm snake, so put the dogs, cats and children in the house.
  • 2nd - Get a bathroom size trashcan or plastic bucket (you'll have to hold the handle back).
  • 3rd - Get a piece of stiff cardboard or thin plywood a little larger than the bucket opening.
  • 4th - Slowly and calmly approach the snake (if you are calm the snake will likely be as well)
  • 5th - Calmly, but quickly, lower the bucket over the snake and slide the cardboard under the snake and bucket. (record albums used to work great for this). Presto! You have snake in a bucket!
  • 6th - Pick up the bucket holding the cardboard securely to the opening of the bucket and gently rotate the bucket so the snake slides to the bottom.
  • 7th - Walk on down the road and gently toss the snake in the woods. Instant relocation!

A scaled down version consists of a yogurt tub and envelope, works great for spiders, frogs and mice that the cats may bring in.

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