The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a large, venomous snake in the family Colubridae. It is currently the only species in its genus.
The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a large, venomous snake in the family Colubridae. It is currently the only species in its genus, although several species and subspecies have been described in the past. Its name means 'tree snake' in Afrikaans and Dutch - boom meaning 'tree' (a cognate of 'beam'), and slang meaning 'snake'. The snake is thought to be closely related to members of the genera Thelotornis, Thrasops, Rhamnophis, and Xyelodontophis, with which it forms the taxonomic tribe Dispholidini. The average adult boomslang is 100-160 cm (3-5 feet) in total length, but some exceed 183 cm (6 feet). The eyes are exceptionally large, and the head has a characteristic egg-like shape. Coloration is very variable. Males are light green with black or blue scale edges, but adult females may be brown. Weight : Varying from 175 g to 510 g Average weight 299.4 g Teeth : Small, 7 or 8.