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They Invented What? (No. 163)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 19, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 6,490,999: Collar apparatus enabling secure handling of a snake by tether.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A collar apparatus for collaring a snake comprising: an elongated collar section forming a physical collar when wrapped around the circumference of a strategic body portion of the snake; a support section associated with the collar section, the support section for supporting an attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of a tether; and a connector system comprising at least two components affixed to strategic portions of the elongated section for securing the collar in place around the strategic body portion of the snake; characterized in that the length of the collar section is such that a portion thereof overlaps itself when fitted around the snake providing an adjustable interface containing separate components of the connector system whereby mating the connector components together secures the collar in place on the snake and wherein the key-shape design of the collar provides a light-weight and flexible collar wherein no metallic parts touch a snake when collared.

2. The collar apparatus of claim 1 wherein the association of the support section with the collar section comprises components of the same material formed contiguously the support section occupying one end of the elongated section.

3. The collar apparatus of claim 1 wherein the attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of the tether is a ring supported by the material of the collar apparatus.

4. The collar apparatus of claim 1 wherein the support section contains an elongated opening of a length longer than the width of the collar section such that the free end of the collar section may be inserted there through.

5. A concertina movement-neutralization device for reducing concertina movement of a snake through a collar apparatus, the collar apparatus having an elongated collar section forming a physical collar when wrapped around the circumference of a strategic body portion of the snake; a support section associated with the collar section, the support section for supporting an attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of a tether; and a connector system comprising at least two components affixed to strategic portions of the elongated collar section for securing the collar in place around the strategic body portion of the snake comprising: a plurality of lengths of bead-chain arranged in substantially parallel rows, the beads enabled to rotate around their axis in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the collar section of the collar apparatus, wherein concertina movement forced against the beads causes the beads to rotate about their axes reducing forward displacement of the snake through the collar apparatus.

6. The concertina movement-neutralization device of claim 5 wherein the beads are elongated.

7. The concertina movement-neutralization device of claim 5 wherein the beads are annular.

8. The concertina movement-neutralization device of claim 5 affixed to the collar section of the collar apparatus by sewing.

9. The concertina movement-neutralization device of claim 5 affixed to the collar section of the collar apparatus by staples.

10. The concertina movement-neutralization device of claim 5 affixed to the collar section of the collar apparatus by plastic snap-rings.

11. A system for enabling collaring, tethering, and walking of a snake comprising: a collar apparatus for collaring the snake, the collar apparatus including an elongated section forming a physical collar when wrapped around the circumference of a strategic body portion of the snake, a support section associated with the collar section, the support section for supporting an attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of a tether and a connector system comprising at least two components affixed to strategic portions of the elongated section for securing the collar in place around a strategic body portion of the snake and wherein the key-shape design of the collar provides a light-weight and flexible collar wherein no metallic parts touch a snake when collared; a tether for attaching to the collar apparatus; and an elongated rod having a handle section strategically located at one end and a hook affixed to the end opposite the end supporting the handle section; characterized in that a user placing and securing the collar apparatus on a snake attaches the tether to the collared animal enabling the user to release the snake under control of the attached tether and wherein the elongated rod is used to provide an extra measure of control for retrieving the tethered snake or when changing the direction of movement of the tethered snake.

12. A method for collaring and tethering snake so that it may be released under control of the tether the method comprising steps of: (a) positioning and securing a collar apparatus around the circumference of the snake a strategic location on the snake’s body; (b) attaching a tether to the collar apparatus; and (c) releasing the snake under user control via the attached tether.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein in step (a) the collar apparatus comprises an elongated section forming a physical collar when wrapped around the circumference of a strategic body portion of the snake, a support section associated with the collar section, the support section for supporting an attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of a tether and a connector system comprising at least two components affixed to strategic portions of the elongated section for securing the collar in place around a strategic body portion of the snake.

14. The method of claim 12 wherein in step (a) the collar apparatus further comprises a concertina movement-neutralization device for reducing concertina movement of the snake through the collar apparatus.

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