Originally posted by Cruciform
a splash of hot water will make them release instantly, as they can't thermoregulate that heat away and must retreat. But too much heat could do serious harm.
I am not sure I would want the hot water, as it would likely be splashed on the victim as well. A stock prod would also effect the release, but the discomfort range is a little overboard. Not saying that putting vinegar in an open mouth and wound is the most exhilarating experience for the reptile or the person, but vinegar is food grade, readily available to use hot or cold, and unless swallowed or aspirated in large quantities, quite harmless.