Boomer

At last Boomer is home…

‘Who’s Boomer?’ You ask- well, Boomer is one of the venomous snakes we were waiting for to be delivered.

‘Trimeresurus Stejnegeri Bamboo Pit Viper’. T Stejnegeri is a species of venomous pit vipers endemic to Asia. According to numerous articles, studies and bloggery in the world wide web, there are numerous subspecies of Trimeresurus genus. We have chosen T. Stejnegeri, for its beauty, scalation and colour pattern (see photo below). The specific name, stejnegeri, is in honour of Leonhard Hess Stejneger, Norweigian-born American herpitologist at the Smithsonian Institution for over 60 years.

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T. Stejnegeri’s geographic range from India and Nepal through Myanmar and Thailand to China, Hainan, Chekiang and Taiwan, (and etc). They are primarily small arboreal species, with thin bodies and prehensile tails (a quality that has adapted for grasping or holding). Many of the species in the genus Trimeresurus are ovoviviparous, meaning, bearing live young (how cool is that!). However, some species do lay eggs. Their venom varies in toxicity between species, but all are primarily hemotoxic (toxins that destroy red blood cells) and considered to be medically significant to humans. One nickname for this snake among locals is “100 pace snake” in reference to the legend that, once bitten, a person can walk 100 more steps before dropping dead.

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Just as beautiful-

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Bicoloured rustic separated by white stripe

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White stripe underneath his eyes

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He’s checking his new habitat-

Please research to learn more of this subspecies. They are indeed stunning snakes.

Thank you for visiting mates 🙂

© rfe reptiles 2014

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2 Responses to “Boomer”

  1. I didn’t know they come this small. I’ve seen those little vine snakes (I think that’s what its called) and thought it was rubber/plastic one until it moved. I almost peed my pants and couldn’t stop laughing at myself.

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