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Dispholidus typus


Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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It can take up to 48 hours after a bite until first symptoms show up. After any suspected bite you urgently need to go to a hospital.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 200 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 29 to 38 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous, ovoviviparous
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • keyhole shape 
  • Fangs

  • fixed rear-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 5.2 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Dispholidus typus  AFRIKAANS Boomslang, ENGLISH Black Back Fanged Tree Snake, Brown Back Fanged Tree Snake, Cape Back Fanged Tree Snake, Green Back Fanged Tree Snake, Tree Snake, GERMAN Afrikanische Baumschlange, SWAHILI Ngole, UNCODED LANGUAGES Ikwakwa, Ndalanga, Noga ref
Dispholidus typus typus ref
Dispholidus typus punctatus ref
Dispholidus typus kivuensis ENGLISH Kivu Boomslang, Kivu Large Green Tree Snake ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Colubridae

  • Colubrids
  • III. Subfamily Colubrinae

  • Colubrids
  • IV. Genus Dispholidus

  • Boomslangs
  • V. Species Dispholidus typus

  • Boomslang
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1816
Look up complete taxonomic records of Dispholidus typus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).