Several reasons exist why a person may need to use a snake catching stick. Before snakes were domesticated, snake catchers were the only tool used by herpetologists to handle and transport snakes. Today, even though most snakes are domesticated, snakes are used in quality control testing and other scientific research. If you're a hobbyist, then a snake stick is an important part of your collection. These sticks are also used in zoos for public safety and for public viewing.