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I just unpacked the new version Gentle Giant Tongs from Midwest in preparation for flying to overseas on Monday and I am impressed. I have used these Gentle Giants before and believe the broad, slightly padded jaws greatly limit the chances of harming the snake, even when used by an inexperienced herper, but these new version Gentle Giant Tongs are even better. Why, because they compact neatly for packing into a small space and then go back together again quickly. Let's face it, tongs or grabs are an awkward shape and don't lend themselves to fitting neatly into luggage, or they didn't until this new version came along. Remove the 'grenade key' and pull out the trigger, depress the button midway down the shaft and pull the tongs apart. Then they just fold neatly and fit easily into the bottom of a suitcase or slot down the inside of a rucsac. With this system it would be easy to transport just about any length of tongs. I am looking forward to putting them to the test in March. Look out you old Russell's vipers, I'm a comin' to get ya!

Mark O'Shea BSc., DSc (Hon), FRGS, FZS
Curator of Reptiles, West Midland Safari Park, Worcs., England; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London; Fellow of the Explorers' Club of New York (British Chapter) and recipient of their Millennium Award for Exploration "for services to zoology"; Honorary Research Fellow of University of Wolverhampton and recipient of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Sciences "for services to herpetology"; Affiliate to the National Museum of Papua New Guinea; President of the International Herpetological Society; author of "A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea"; co-author of the "Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians" and presenter of "Giant Snake", "Black Mamba", and three series' of "O'Shea's Big Adventure"

You can visit Mark's website at www.markoshea.tv
 
Mark with cobra
Mark and Anees wrangle a king cobra for the Big Adventure 'snake-cam' in Patia village, Orissa, India. This is how the cameraman gets his mega-close-ups safely