Mess with me! I'll make you bleed from every hole! Boomslang snake!

"If you want to mess with me, you'd rather be ready for the consequences," well, this is one such phrase this snake has given life to! This cute-faced beast, Boomslang snake, is one of the rarest and most feared reptiles present who can trick and fool you with their puppy dog eye look!

Anab Mehdi
Published on: 11 Sep 2019 7:39 AM GMT
Mess with me! Ill make you bleed from every hole! Boomslang snake!
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Lucknow: "If you want to mess with me, you'd rather be ready for the consequences," well, this is one such phrase this snake has given life to! This cute-faced beast, Boomslang snake, is one of the rarest and most feared reptiles present who can trick and fool you with their puppy dog eye look!

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For many years, it was believed that this species was harmless, but world-renowned herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt learned the hard way that this snake is, in fact, the master of venom!

Back in 1957, whilst examining a young boomslang, Schmidt was bitten on the thumb. Given that nobody knew these snakes were deadly, Schmidt thought nothing of it and carried on as normal. In just one day, he died of respiratory arrest and cerebral hemorrhage; an event that quickly spurred researchers to examine this snake’s venom, which unsurprisingly turned out to be highly toxic.

Boomslangs are rear-fanged, meaning that they’re equipped with large teeth at the back of their mouths. Consequently, to inject their prey with venom, the snakes have to open their mouths very wide, around 170 degrees.

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What this snake’s venom does to you would not be out of place in a horror movie. It’s hemotoxic, meaning that it destroys red blood cells, disrupts the clotting process and causes tissue and organ degeneration.

What this unfortunately means is that massive hemorrhage ensues, causing the victim to bleed from the gums, nose and other cracks and holes. Sometimes, the body of the victim will turn blue because of the widespread internal bleeding. Adding insult to injury, the process can be extremely slow, sometimes taking 5 days for the victim to die of internal bleeding.

Praise be to the advancement in science and technology that anti-venom for the bite of this snake has been introduced! So next time you have an encounter with this cute faced beast, don't hang about!

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