Monday, September 19, 2022

Reviewing The Snake Grabber Tool

Today, I am reviewing the 60" Snake Grabber. This is not a glamorous review. Nor is it a fun tool to write about (not for me anyway). But wow, am I glad I had made that purchase and it worked better than I had expected. Snakes are not a fun thing to discuss for many of us. And that is all the more reason I need to share how well this Snake Grabber worked for me. This is one tool that you should consider owning if there is any chance at all that you'll deal with snakes. 



There are so many tools in our lives that we hope never to use. It seems a waste of money to purchase something we may never use. Frankly, to purchase something we hope to never have to use. For example, a lug wrench for changing car tires. Most folks call roadside assistance for flat tires. Easy peasy. But, if you get stranded with a flat tire, in an area with no cell service and no way to reach someone to come to the rescue, you are super glad that you have that lug wrench. Or, if your electricity goes out in some hurricane or ice storm for days. Investing in those expensive items such as generators may have felt frivolous at the time but they ended up being super important tools to have.

That's how I feel about the 60" Snake Grabber. It was not something I looked forward to using. In fact, I hadn't taken it out of it's box after it was delivered. But I used it last night and it probably saved lives (Quail lives). It made snake removal many times easier and quicker than my first experience.

Awhile back, I had a snake trying to get at my quail in their hutch on the deck. It was late in the evening and there I was trying to find things to poke at the snake to convince it to leave. Things that were strong enough (broom) were too large to fit where the snake was. Things that were thin enough (wall trim) were too flimsy to move that large snake. And most things were far too short. NO WAY was I going to get within inches of that thing. Luckily, I was able to harass that first snake for long enough that it chose to crawl out of the quail hutch pan, across my deck, and out of sight.  

Within days I ordered the Snake Grabber. 


And then I let it sit in the unopened box. Until last night.

Well after dark the quail were making a huge commotion. I instantly knew that a predator was out there. The first snake experience taught me that even if the snake doesn't enter the cage, it can cause serious/fatal injuries to quail by grabbing their toes from the underside of the hutch. I had to work quickly.

I wish I had practiced with the snake grabber. It took me a minute to unfold it and secure it. Then another few minutes to figure out how to open the "jaws" after I had squeezed them shut. But once I sorted through those two things, I was outside and grabbing the snake.

This snake grabber fit PERFECTLY in that 2" space. I placed the jaws around the snake and squeezed the handle. The grabber was secure around the snake. I had a difficult time pulling the snake from the opening but that was because the snake was so large and powerful. The Grabber was solid and I never once felt that it was going to collapse or let go of the snake. I moved the snake to a bucket and was able to relocate the snake.

This was NOT an easy task for me. But it was possible because I had the right tool. 

More About the Extra Heavy Duty Snake Grabber

Just a few quick details about this Snake Grabber:

  • this 60" long snake grabber keeps you a more comfortable distance away from the snake
  • the tubes are heavy duty stainless steel
  • the grabber can be folded in the middle for storage or transportation purposes
  • the tongs or jaws close easily when the handle is squeezed
  • an automatic locking mechanism keeps the jaws shut until you release it 
The only possible drawback that I read about in reviews and I experienced first hand is that the locking mechanism automatically falls into place after you squeeze the handle required both hands to release it.  Which felt clumsy. But in hindsight, I was happy to know that it was not going to accidently release the snake before I was ready. So I'm not entirely convinced that is a drawback after all.



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If you would like to see me actually using the 60" Snake Grabber, you can watch me here:

 






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5 comments:

  1. You are braver than I am, Dawn Rae. Even with a 6 foot tool, I don't know if I could grab that snake. LOL. But good to know there IS such a tool for the circumstances you encounter there on your mountain ridge. Well done, you!

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  2. I’m with Elf! I’m (irrationally) terrified of snakes and sincerely doubt I could have forced myself to grapple with it. But, if lives were at stake (especially lives in my care, as your quails’ are in yours), I probably would have found the courage to try to remove the threat, as you did. I can see why, in a rural living situation like yours, this tool would be invaluable.

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  3. Okay, so I must admit, I was laughing through the video and thankful that I was not there with you. I could easily imagine the screaming as you tried to catch and release that snake. I have to say, I admire your determination to save the snake. As a descendant of farmers and having grown up around gardens, I always believed garden hoes were partially invented for snake eradication. Like you, I understand their part in the ecosystem, but I just know that sucker would have somehow made it out of the bucket and into the cab of the truck! Way to go Dawn!!! I certainly appreciate your determination, kindness, and review of a much needed tool for gardeners and homesteaders.

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  4. OMG, snakes is something that I would not have thought of as being a possibility when living in the country. I don't mind the snakes we have around here, because they are just little garter snakes. That big one that you had would have made me run in the opposite direction! Glad you have a great tool to help you with those kinds of situations.

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  5. You are one very brave lady!! I do so admire you facing your fear to humanely relocate the snake. I live where most snakes are totally harmless, we hardly ever see any even in the countryside and they never go near houses, so I have never had to face what you did. I am not afraid of snakes and have held a big boa constrictor under supervision, but I would still not like to come face to face with one unexpectedly in the dark, especially if it was a poisonous one. I am so glad you found the snake grabber a useful and effective tool for catching and removing the snake and saving your birds. Well done!!

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