The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Africa

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Boomslang

Scientific name: Dispholidus typus
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Dispholidus
Length: Up to 6.5 ft (2 m)
Venom: Hemotoxic

The boomslang is rather shy and its venom takes a while to kick in after its bite. On one hand, this is an advantage as there is plenty of time to get to the antidote. On the other, the bite is often underestimated and not treated. The fact that some bite victims actually feel better after the bite adds to the confusion. Well-known herpetologist Karl P Schmidt, for example, was bitten by a boomslang and called his work the next day to say he’d be back in. Two hours before he was due to start work (28 hours after the bite), he literally dropped down dead.

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