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Re: appears to be a boomslang, Disphilodus typus n/p


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Posted by Craig on December 03, 2001 at 06:37:21:

In Reply to: appears to be a boomslang, Disphilodus typus n/p posted by Andy on November 29, 2001 at 15:55:04:

: : Hello from Holland you all......

: : please look at this snake and give me your thoughts of what it is?

: : http://community.webshots.com/user/teardrops666

: : he's about 150cm tall and only eats frogs or pinky mice rubbed against a frog.
: : It just bite his prey and swallows it.

: : please someone help me out and give me some information?

: : thank you....

It is a young Boomslang. This snake has the most potent venom in Southern Africa, and it is haemotoxic. Thankfully the snakes are very shy and generally docile, with most bites restricted to handlers and very few "legitimate" bites reported. The snake is back-fanged, and will bite in self defence, so beware. It requires a specific anti-venom, which is available in South Africa (a little far if you get zapped in Holland me thinks) or as full blood transfusion. Symptoms will show in 24 hours. These are great snakes, and are pretty forgiving, but be careful, they are dangerous.
They are arboreal and spend most of their time in trees, they become fairly heavy bodied and will take chameleons and birds, you should be ok if you stick to mice though.

Enjoy the snake, it is a beautiful specimen.

Cheers
Craig.

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