Why use the extra wide jaw?
This 2 1/4 inch wide gentle grip disperses pressure spanning a significantly greater surface area of the snake's entire body, removing the potential of direct pressure between individual ribs, and also decreasing the chance of musculoskeletal injury. A broader, more gentle jaw will allow quicker gripping which is an advantage when dealing with or capturing types of water snakes and tree-dwelling snakes that can be infamously fast and hard to restrain, reducing the danger of injury or escape.
Test results show how the Gentle Giant's 2 1/4 inch wide jaws eliminate stress in a great many situations, allowing the animals to be handled in a more comfortable state when compared with other tongs now available in the reptile industry. Some species that react radically to capture by regular tongs are actually significantly less combative when controlled by the Gentle Giant Tongs.
The 40 Inch Gentle Giant Tong is the most popular. The length is recommended as the weight of the snake is easier to control. There is no need to put a hand on the shaft to lift the snake.