Boomslang Snake

Monday, July 9, 2012

The boomslang, scientifically known as Dispholidus typus, is a colubrid snake of Africa. It is highly venomous and its fang glands secrete hemotoxin venom, which destroy the red blood cells, causing hemorrhage and intense fever; other symptoms are headache, nausea, and mental disorders. Although its fangs are situated toward the back of its upper jaw, the boomslang opens its mouth 90ยบ when it bites. The adult boombslang has large eyes and can measure up to 1.60 m in length. Its body is green, with dark scale borders. It lives in trees and feeds on mice, lizards, and birds.