boomslang

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boomslang 

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boomslang snake

ANIMALS, GLOBAL MEDICINE

A venomous colubrid snake native to sub-Saharan Africa, which is arboreal, diurnal, and measures up to 160 cm.

Only a handful of fatal human envenomations have been documented*.

*Including that of herpetologist Karl Schmidt…silly twit.

Importance The venom is slow acting and contains a haemotoxin and anticoagulant, resulting in haemorrhage as well as headache, nausea, sleepiness and confusion. 

Binomial name Dispholidus typus

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomslang

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