Why Boomslang Snakes Are Dangerous


When the boomslang snake bites a chameleon, its blood-destroying venom kills the chameleon in a few seconds. Next, it swallows the prey whole.

The boomslang lives in many regions in the south Sahara. They live in various habitats from open forests to grassland such as the savannah. It is rare for them to be found in the thick rainforests of the Congo Basin or dry areas. They hang motionless in trees in order to get the perfect viewpoint to strike for their prey.

Their long, strong, and slender body is great for climbing and they can grow up to six feet six inches (2 meters). Adult boomslangs come in a large range of colors. The female boomslang is usually olive green or brown, while the males can vary in an array of colors from black, green, red, yellow, and also blue. Juveniles are all the same colors with brown heads, white chins, and bodies dotted with brown or grey spots. When the boomslang opens its mouth widely, it can jab its teeth into a human.

A Boomslang’s diet consists of lizards, small mammals, birds, and frogs. They have long fangs with grooves along the edges of their mouths to transfer venom to their prey. The venom flows down into the victim whenever the snake bites.

Boomslang snakes are dangerous and fascinating snakes that you should be aware of depending on your location.

[Source: Snakes and Reptiles: The Scariest Cold-Blooded Creatures on Earth]

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