Made for the most humane handling of snakes! triple rubber coated top jaw creates drag on top of the snakes body for secure holding lower jaw is polished which creates a smooth surface, reducing snakes ability of forward motion constructed of blue aircraft grade aluminum tubing featuring a concealed (non visible) stainless steel cable and spring These tongs are designed to be broken down and packed into a back pack, the design allows for no twisting of either end and it a solid lock. Total length 40 inches or approx. 100cm Test results have shown that the Gentle Giants 2 ¼ inch wide jaws eliminate stress in many situations, allowing the animals to be handled in a more relaxed state compared to other tongs currently available in the reptile industry. Some species that react radically to capture by regular tongs have proven to be less combative when restrained by the Gentle Giant Tongs. Extra Wide Jaws The 2 ¼ inch wide gentle grip disperses pressure over a greater surface area of the snakes body, eliminating the possibility of direct pressure between individual ribs, and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injury. A wider, more gentle jaw allows faster gripping which is a great advantage when handling or capturing species of water snakes and tree dwelling snakes which are notoriously fast and difficult to restrain, lessening the chance of injury or escape. Most other designs are modified rubbish tongs, and can cause huge amounts of injury to the animal. These tongs have been assessed by 2 Animal Ethics Committee's and approved as a method of snake control.