Boomslang [Dispholidus typus]
Although separated and sub-classified in the past there is now only one genus in the species
1 260 mm
1 290 mm
The boomslang has large eyes with round pupils, that dominate the distinct head. This is a large snake whose scales can range from bright green, black, grey, red and orange.
The boomslang are found throughout sub Saharan Africa, and are distributed along the coast from the northern region down to the eastern and southern coasts to Cape Town in South Africa.
Mating for the boomslang occurs during the spring in South Africa. Up to 10 – 14 eggs are laid within tree hollows or leaf litters during the summer and incubations lasts 2-3 months.
The boomslang is a shy snake and rarely bites. Its venom contains potent haemotoxin that prevents blood clotting, causing death from haemorrhage.
The boomslang feeds on smaller animals such as lizards and birds.