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Boomslangs are extremely dangerous poisonous snakes belonging to the Colubridae family, native to Sub-Saharan Africa. They are also referred to as “tree snakes” and hence the name. It is the only species in its genus.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Dispholidus
    Scientific Name Dispholidus typus

    Length 100–160 cm, although specimen exceeding 183 cm are also recorded
    Weight Around 299.4 g
    Color Males have a light green color whereas females may have a brown shade
    Distribution Swaziland, Botswana,  Mozambique, Namibia,  Nigeria,  Zimbabwe, southern Chad, eastern Guinea
    Habitat Trees and shrubs in the Karoo shrub,  moist savannah, arid savanna, grassland, lowland forest, fynbos vegetation types
    Diet Birds, nestlings, lizards, frogs, sometimes small mammals
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during cool weather
    Venom Fact Strong haemotoxic venom
    Breeding Season July to early October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 30 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 3 months
    Reproductive Age Around 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 8 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

    Boomslang Pictures Gallery

    Published on September 22nd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 20th August 2018.

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