In Reply to: posted by WW on November 13, 2002 at 03:19:51:
I rate boomslangs as in the same category as mambas and taipans. They are extraordinarily agile and move in a deceptive silky smooth way. One second they are in the back of the cage, the next a foot and a half of snake is sticking out of the cage gently swaying back and forth with the mouth agape.
They store the venom and do not need to chew to get it going. A snap bite is all it takes. Compounding this is that there are 2-3 very long fangs on either side, just below the eye. The fangs actually are highly mobile and can actually wiggle outwards a bit. Combining high agility, lots of speed, appreciable size (1.5 - 2 meters), lots of long, moveable fangs and a very very toxic venom means that they are a serious snake to deal with.
All that said, they are one of my favorites and an absolute pleasure to keep ;-)