These Super Grip Deluxe Snake Tongs are designed by zoo professionals and leaders in the herp field to protect, both, the user and the animal. Testing has determined that extraordinary pressure applied at the grip in a period of excitement should not harm a healthy animal. Unlike the “old style” tongs that exerted extreme pressure in all the wrong places and resulted in many serious injuries to the animal. Made from heavy duty aluminum construction that will provide years of service. They have no exposed cables or springs. Cast iron (hand grip only) and then the upper grip has been dipped in rubber weighing less than 2lbs.