I prefer hooks, however, sometimes when catching a wild snake, such as an atrox, tongs come in handy! I use and prefer Pilltroms, just a personal preference. I have Whitney and Mid West tongs, but like Pillstroms better. NOT to start another topic! lol!
::Hooks or tongs?
::For the usual crotalids around here (So.CA) I prefer the hook. Though I'll admit a squirelly atrox can be a bit of trouble.