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Boomslang

Afrikaans name: Boomslang

Male Boomslang snake

Boomslang

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Dispholidus typus

The Boomslang, translated from Afrikaans as Tree Snake, is found in a variety of colours. Males are typically light green and their scales have a blackish edge. Females are brown.

This snake has distinctively large eyes and its vision is good. Adults are 1 to 1.8 metres in length.

The Boomslang feeds on a variety of smaller animals which it finds in trees. These include birds and eggs, reptiles and small mammals.

They lay their eggs in hollows in trees and up to 30 eggs may be laid.

Although the Boomslang is not an aggressive snake it can deliver a fatal bite. Anti-venom is available.

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References and further reading

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 138

Bill Branch's Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 87

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 175

Kruger National Park Map - 2010 - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: 2010 - Page: 10

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 406

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 83

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 197

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