Snake of the week: Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)

Blog 24 Apr 2020

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)

This week’s CSRI snake of the week is the Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) from the Colubridae family. They are generally a very shy species, and a favourite of CSRI snake handler Edd.

Whilst most snakes in the Colubridae family are harmless to humans, Boomslangs have slow-acting but highly potent haemotoxic venom.

The slow-acting nature of Boomslang venom often results in a false security that envenoming was unsuccessful. Boomslangs are largely arboreal, and feast on chameleons, lizards, and frogs in the wild.