Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1983


A method using glue boards to remove rattlesnakes (Crotalus soo.) is being tested. Preliminary results of tests conducted in controlled situations indicate the method may be very effective. The glue boards are cardboard or plastic rectangles covered with a sticky material similar to fly-paper glue. The glue boards are tacked on anchored plywood approximately 24 x 16 x 1/4 inches (61 x 40.6 x 0.6 cm). The glue boards are arranged to form a minimum area of 12 x 6 inches (30.5 x 15.2 em). It is important to avoid attaching anything the snake can use for leverage that might allow it to exert enough pressure to overcome the glue. A small hole should be made in the plywood to allow retrieval of the board with a hook.