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Re: Question regarding Karl Schmidt's death.


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Posted by WW on January 06, 2003 at 03:12:40:

In Reply to: Question regarding Karl Schmidt's death. posted by killatcali on January 05, 2003 at 06:35:57:

He knew it was not harmless, but I don't think he thought it was going to kill him.

In a book published not long before his death, co-authored with Robert F. Inger (something along the lines of "Living Reptiles of the World", but I don't have it in front of me), he did describe boomslangs as "probably the only colubrid that can be dangerous to man". He got bitten while trying to key out a specimen, which he assumed to be a boomslang, but which had a scalation anomaly that he was curious about.

Cheers,
Wolfgang


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