How to Keep Your Fingers

When I house snakes in plastic containers, I prefer clear tops so I can see where they are. I also attach a loop of nylon chord so I can open the container without having my hands anywhere near the opening.

I use opaque holding containers when feeding snakes or cleaning cages because the snakes are less stressed if they can't see me working in the room. I use the chord here also.

I bought the only sturdy, bright red trash can I could find and built this lid from scratch to use with large elapids that can't be safely put in the container above.

The lid is made from 3/16" polystyrene sheet, lexan, homemade aluminum L-brackets, aluminum rivets and a gate handle. The rim fits tightly on the inside of the can.

It allows me to see where the snake is before opening the can. It also doubles as a shield while opening or closing.

Note: I don't normally use this can for rubber black racers, but they sit still for pictures.

These are some of the essential tools I like to have handy at all times:

A selection of snake hooks.
A set of plastic tubes for restraining venomous snakes.
Long hemostats for feeding venomous snakes.
Long tweezers for feeding small nonvenomous snakes.
Two compression bandages in case of an elapid bite.
A sign to be hung on the outside doorknob in the event of a bite where the snake then escapes in the room and connot be easily retrieved before leaving for the hospital.

These snake boxes cost me somewhere around $10 each in materials and take 10-15 minutes each to build if you have access to a table saw. No screen or plexiglass so the snake doesm't get stressed seeing movement outside, or hurt itself striking at it. They're strong enough to stand on. (I'm about 200# but they can probably take 300)

Send questions, requests, hate mail or whatever to: Larry D. Fishel