Posted by killatcali on January 05, 2003 at 06:35:57:
"Boomslangs are members of the Colubridae family, which was historically thought to consist only of harmless snakes. However, in 1957 prominent herpetologist Karl Schmidt died from the bite of a boomslang, and Colubridae lost its innocent reputation."
So does that mean that at the time the Boomslang was thought to be completely harmless? Meaning did Karl Schmidt free handle the snake thinking it innocent, and his death signaling the fact that the snake is indeed dangerous? Could be a stupid question but hey