A quick, alert snake, able to glide through trees, bushes and overland. If molested, it inflates its neck and body to a considerable size to expose the brightly colored skin. May strike sideways in rapid, jerky action. Vision is excellent. The male boomslang is green and the female a dull grey colour. Juveniles have emerald-coloured eyes.
A shy snake, spending most of its time in trees, well camouflaged and not easy to detect. When food is spotted, it freezes, moves head from side to side, then swoops down onto prey, holding it firmly in his jaws, fangs moving in chewing motion.
Chameleons, lizards, bird eggs and frogs.
ReproductionMates in the spring. Oviparous. Lays 10-27 eggs which hatch after 90 days. Young 290-300 mm.
Birds and other snakes.
Savanna and open bush.