Venomous snake restraint: Gripping a rattlesnake from inside a tube

If you need to grip an animal directly behind the head for any procedure, make sure that the tube is fitted properly to the snake's head so that it cannot turn around. Move your grip on the animal's neck up until your fingers are supporting the animal behind the head inside the tube. The purpose of the initial grip is to immobilize the snake inside the tube and prevent it from moving forwards or backwards.

Secure your grip behind the animal's jawbones, keeping your fingers safely tucked around the neck and away from the lower jaw. Viperid fangs have independent movement, and some may be able to erect and rotate their fangs to a surprising degree. The tube can be removed once your grip is secure.

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