Interesting Facts About Boomslang Snake: Bite Only If Caught Or Provoked

Boomslang is venomous snake that belongs to the colubrid family. It can be found in the sub-Saharan Africa. Boomslang inhabits grasslands, savannas and open areas with isolated trees and bushes, where it likes to hide.
People avoid contact with boomslangs because of their strong venom. Number of boomslangs in the wild is large and stable. These snakes are not on the list of endangered species.
Boomslang can reach 3 to 5 feet in length and 0.4 to 1.1 pounds of weight. Females are brown colored. Males are brightly colored and covered with green scales that have black or blue edges. Belly can be yellowish, grayish or light brown in color.
The boomslang snake is a terrestrial snake which is native to Africa. The meaning of its name comes from the two Afrikaans words where boom means ‘tree’ and slang means ‘snake’. It is a long and slender snake, and spends most of its time in the trees and shrubs.
Occasionally, it comes down to the ground to search for food. It is a good climber and has an excellent camouflaging ability. It is the only known species in its genus. Let us now go through some more interesting facts about the boomslang.
Here are SIX interesting facts about Boomslang Snake:
1. The boomslang has a very small head. The head is stubby and egg-shaped while the eyes are enormous and prominent. The face is blunt. The pupils are pear-shaped. The eyesight of these snakes is better than most other snakes. They can grab hold of birds in flight, due to their very good eyesight.
2. They hunt during the daytime in the trees and bushes, where they lie motionless and wait for a prey to land. They have the ability to move with great swiftness and agility. Boomslangs possess excellent eyesight and color vision.
Their sense of smell is poor, but they can feel the ground vibrations. They are solitary creatures and do not need to communicate with other animals until they feel periled. They inflate their neck and release a foul odor when they feel threatened.
They bite only if caught or provoked. For this reason, they are known to be shy and non-aggressive. They may hibernate for a short time during the winters.
3. The snake’s venom is haemotoxic and acts very slowly after injection. The symptoms are seen after several hours. The venom inhibits the blood clotting mechanism of the body and leads to bleeding in the internal organs. A boomslang’s bite can cause headache, nausea, and sleepiness, and lead to hemorrhage.
4. Boomslangs are oviparous. During the mating months, i.e. December and January, the male and female snakes mate in a tree or on the ground. The males leave a hormonal trail to attract females. After about 56 days, the female boomslang lays around 30 creamy-white eggs in tree holes, logs, or among leaves. Once the eggs are laid, the boomslang leaves them there. The young snakes hatch after about three months. At birth, they are around 25 cm in length. The hatchlings require feeding every two or three days.
5. Boomslang is rear-fanged snake (their fangs are located at the back of the jaws). Unlike other rear-fanged snakes, boomslang has large fangs and it can stretch its mouth for 170 degrees during the attack. Boomslang injects the venom via stabbing motion.
6. The well-known herpetologist, Karl Schmidt died of a Boomslang bite!

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