A successful trap design for capturing large terrestrial snakes


Large scale trapping protocols for snakes can be expensive and require large investments of personnel and time. Typical methods, such as pitfall and small funnel traps, are not useful or suitable for capturing large snakes. A method was needed to survey multiple blocks of habitat for the Louisiana Pine Snake (Pituophis ruthveni), throughout its historic range in Louisiana and Texas, to obtain presence-absence data and to obtain specimens for radio-telemetry studies (Himes et al. 2002; Rudolph and Burgdorf 1997; Rudolph et al. 2002).

  • Citation: Burgdorf, Shirley J.; Rudolph, D. Craig; Conner, Richard N.; Saenz, Daniel; Schaefer, Richard R. 2005. A successful trap design for capturing large terrestrial snakes. Herpetological Review. 36(4): 421-424.

Requesting Print Publications

Publication requests are subject to availability. Fiscal responsibility limits the hardcopies of publications we produce and distribute. Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, distributed and printed.

Please make any requests at pubrequest@fs.fed.us.

Publication Notes

  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • Our online publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
  • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.