The first trap that Rainsford sets is called a Malay mancatcher. To make the Malay mancatcher, Rainsford finds a heavy dead tree laying precariously on a smaller, living one and uses his knife to make a trigger, which sends the dead tree crashing down when stepped on. The Malay mancatcher is a partial success and strikes Zaroff with a glancing blow to the shoulder when he accidentally steps on the trigger.
The second trap that Rainsford makes is called a Burmese tiger pit. Rainsford digs a deep hole near the Death Swamp before fashioning sharp stakes from hard saplings to stick into the bottom of the pit. Once Rainsford places the stakes in the pit, he covers the hole with leaves, branches, and weeds from the surrounding area. The Burmese tiger pit is also a successful trap and claims the life of one of Zaroff's prized hunting dogs.
The third trap Rainsford creates is a native device he learned to make in Uganda. Rainsford proceeds to fasten his knife to a springy sapling, with its blade pointing down the trail. Using a bit of wild grapevine, Rainsford holds the springy sapling back with a trigger attached to the trap. This trap is also a success and claims the life of Ivan, who unexpectedly steps on the trigger, causing the sapling with the knife attached to recoil.