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Boomslang

A boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a relatively small, venomous snake native to sub-Saharan Africa. Its name means “tree snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch. The boomslang has a highly potent venom, which it delivers through large fangs that are located in the rear of the jaw. The venom of the boomslang is primarily a hemotoxin. It disables the blood clotting process and the victim may well die as a result of internal and external bleeding. Other signs and symptoms include: headache, nausea, sleepiness and mental disorders.

Boomslang