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Re: Heh, maybe a little less.....


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Posted by Chance on March 26, 2003 at 12:58:27:

In Reply to: Re: Heh, maybe a little less..... posted by ABSTRACT on March 22, 2003 at 22:48:50:

:from what i know jackson's come from tropical africa elevevation 9000 feet + so there's more humidity where there from,boomslang's come from dry savannah's.
:you make a good point thought because they are exported as the same,why is that? if they come from diffrent habitat?
:as far as toxicity i wouldn't be to sure that boomslang's are more toxic probally but untill tested i wouldn't be sure.
:alex


Hmm, I'm not sure about the exporting oddities then. I guess I was just asssuming that since they are so commonly exported as Thrasops that Thrasops shared their habitat. But I guess if elevation is the major difference then finding one in the other's habitat shouldn't be too rare. They look very similar (well, to females anyway), so looks can be quite deceiving. Like I said, I had to do a scale count on one of my females to be sure she was Dispholidus and not Thrasops.

As far as boomslang toxicity, some people consider these snakes to be, drop for drop, the hottest snake on the planet. Whether that's very accurate or not is very debatable. They certainly don't have a great delivery system, but I'd say out of all the rear-fangs they have the best, by far. Huge fangs, very mobile, and able to envenomate with little or no actual chewing. The intraveneous toxicity of the boomslang is somewhere around 0.07, which is far more than some of the more notorious African killers. This is IV though, not subcutaneous (see a recent discussion in the ven forum). Anyway, to my knowledge, no fatalaties have been attributed to Jackson's tree snake, though I could be mistaken. But I think it's a pretty safe bet to say that booms are at least the hottest rear-fang around.



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