|Rat snake on a glue trap.|
Our first experience was with a five foot rat snake curled tightly on two glue traps. Freeing it required 15 minutes of careful peeling (tail first) while inserting little pieces of newspaper to keep it from sticking again. Once it was free, the belly was very sticky so we powdered it with flour. It was probably certain it was headed to the frying pan. It didn't learn anything from this as 2 weeks later it had climbed back into the second story crawl space of our house.
|Red-bellied snake- note thin collar ring|
|Note the stretched skin of the neck|
The method for releasing an animal from a glue trap is quite simple. Lay the trap on a flat surface out of doors and pour vegetable oil on the trap. It slowly dissolves the glue as seen in this video, and the snake pulls itself off. Ours got free before I could get the camera on it again and took off, probably expecting the flour to come next before a hot skillet.