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Coastal Boomslang

Dispholidus typus typus

Description

A daytime snake living in trees and bushes, can be all green, all brown of (from forest areas) green with black between scales. Head domed with very large eye, can grow to over 1.5 metres in some areas. When threatened will inflate neck like a balloon. Very alert snake that escapes quickly, usual victims are snake handlers but a danger to children raiding bird nests as these snakes eat birds and may sleep in nests. Bite may appear as a scratch rather than neat punctures - test for blood clotting.

Symptoms - Bleeding Syndrome develops but often not for some hours.

Monovalent Antivenom (SAVP) treatment

 

Distribution

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