Ball-Pythons.net - Here is an older thread recently bumped back up in which a vivid story is told that illustrates the critical need to have an experienced, skilled reptile vet. ...
The importance of using hooks when opening cages
by Cindy Steinle
YouTube - Al “Viperkeeper”Coritz shows off Gabby, his gaboon viper, but he also illustrates the importance of using a hook or other tool when opening a venomous snake cage. Those few feet of distance can be the difference between a good and bad day for a venomous keeper.