Photo by @mattiasklumofficial I photographed this magnificent Boomslang on assignment in Cameroon for @natgeo. Boomslangs have exceptionally large eyes and exc...

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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial 
I photographed this magnificent Boomslang on assignment in Cameroon for @natgeo. Boomslangs have exceptionally large eyes and excellent eyesight and often move their heads from side to side to get a better view of what's in front of them (like a photographer from Sweden). Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see an African dawn near Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa and more images from our projects around the world! The average adult boomslang is 100–160 cm (3¼–5¼ feet) in total length, but some exceed 183 cm (6 feet). The venom of the boomslang is primarily a hemotoxin  it disables the blood clotting process and the victim may well die as a result of internal and external bleeding. The venom has also been observed to cause hemorrhage into tissues such as muscle and brain. Inspite of all this, the boomslang is a timid snake, and bites generally occur only when people attempt to catch, handle or kill the snake. When curious, confronted or cornered, they can inflate their necks and assume their striking "S"-shaped pose. Scientists like my friend Zoltan Takacs study the genetic and molecular set-up by collecting venom and DNA samples from these snakes, their prey and predators and are hopeful that the Boomslang may soon combat heart disease and this will not affect the snakes in the wild at all.  #conservation #new #drugs #innovation #ecosystemservices #respectnature  @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @mattiasklumofficial @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection @natgeo

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial  I photographed this magnificent Boomslang on assignment in Cameroon for @natgeo.  Boomslangs have exceptionally large eyes and excellent eyesight and often move their heads from side to side to get a better view of what's in front of them (like a photographer from Sweden). Please go to @mattiasklumofficial  to see an African dawn near Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa and more images from our projects around the world! The average adult boomslang is 100–160 cm (3¼–5¼ feet) in total length, but some exceed 183 cm (6 feet). The venom of the boomslang is primarily a hemotoxin it disables the blood clotting process and the victim may well die as a result of internal and external bleeding. The venom has also been observed to cause hemorrhage into tissues such as muscle and brain. Inspite of all this, the boomslang is a timid snake, and bites generally occur only when people attempt to catch, handle or kill the snake. When curious, confronted or cornered, they can inflate their necks and assume their striking "S"-shaped pose. Scientists like my friend Zoltan Takacs study the genetic and molecular set-up by collecting venom and DNA samples from these snakes, their prey and predators and are hopeful that the Boomslang may soon combat heart disease and this will not affect the snakes in the wild at all. #conservation  #new  #drugs  #innovation  #ecosystemservices  #respectnature  @thephotosociety  @irisalexandrov  @mattiasklumofficial  @alexandrovklumofficial  @mattiasklumcollection  @natgeo 

3,088 Comments

13 hours ago yerevanmood

🐍 ❤️

13 hours ago goshasthings

So pretty and vibrant!

13 hours ago i.krishnavamsi00

Coollll

12 hours ago akshaypatil8081

Amazing picture... great

12 hours ago maxianfei1990

吓死我了

12 hours ago skorpio_xx

Я очень люблю змей

12 hours ago dennisritchey

I don't do snakes

11 hours ago nagatfekry

سبحانه وتعالى جل وعلا شانه

11 hours ago beautifultraveld

Amazing

10 hours ago kennethjordan199

Why does @cypresshill  comment on every single picture? 😂😂

10 hours ago madisnrose

@87spe 

10 hours ago jh.mehr

Amazing photo and descriptions

10 hours ago tiaopa64

Beautiful creature

9 hours ago regularosvaldo

Que bien saliste @franciaams 

8 hours ago roulin_rfa

@sanhparra  a veces si

7 hours ago towersss_

@kevindurant  this you?

7 hours ago rhonda_travis

Hello...

7 hours ago avimanyue

@ghosh_pallavi  ki scundorrrr... I'm bheryyy happy.... 😆😆😆

7 hours ago kim.dunn3

I absolutely hate/fear snakes but this is a stunning pic. I didn’t even scroll on 😏

7 hours ago wyydrui

Wonderful creature❤️

7 hours ago ibrahimqaisi22

🤩🤩🐍🐍

7 hours ago spnelson25

@zahler_zandt  look it’s KD

6 hours ago junaidlone_

🐍🤗🤗

6 hours ago kimkath

@laurenann3103  show Simon the snake wrangler - looks a lot like that little chap at your house 😳

6 hours ago chrystal_r

@roxy__g  u

5 hours ago _omerysyck

Eski sevgilim

4 hours ago farhad.hmp

❤😍😍

4 hours ago mar_iah24

Amazing and love the information, thank you

4 hours ago lifeeos

Stunning!

3 hours ago redbudlakota

@lolerz91  here's a friend for your boy

an hour ago dorith.w

Thank u for the info. Still hate snakes 🐍

39 minutes ago priscillanystrom

😮

35 minutes ago billiexox

Wow incredible

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