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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    That is a very strange looking Boomslang. They can be pretty schizy, maybe the nose was damaged?
    Agreed. The head does not look right to me, eyes look too small and that snout is super blunt.

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    The head is nowhere near as blunt as the picture suggests, this is kind of from an angle, and the eyes are plenty large. And the professor in charge of these snakes has been working on venom research and the like for I don't know how long, so I'd trust he knows his snakes.
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    Just glancing at pics on the web, I'd say in all but the odd color it matches perfectly. The large scales are a giveaway, and the head shape/eye size (angle of the pic, again) are spot on.
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    ^Agreed

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    Well, was back in there today, and I can definitely confirm that there are two solid black boomslangs in the collection. And very, very alert and curious animals they are....

    Didn't take my camera today, so I only have 2 crappy cell phone pics, but here you go:
    These guys I think are new rescues, coming from a facility that cares not at all about their animals. One of them has a nose infection that, while it looks terrible, is just about ready to heal if it gets cleaned. The others, like this guy, are just a little skinny from their ordeal.
    Dog-toothed cat snake, Boiga cynodon by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    This one is an active, and smart, animal. He attempted to escape the temporary holding container by getting up under the lid and trying to twist it off, and when the lid was removed he nearly fell out in the process. I hear they have some very odd venom properties too...
    Yellow-bellied Puffing snake, Pseustes sulphureus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Also, a bit of excitement, we had a 4+ foot Crotalus atrox (or Western Diamondback) get loose for a couple minutes, between me and the door naturally. He's safely put away now however.
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    Thx for sharing. Lol its a good thing you saw the diamondback before it went out of sight. Might have made for a pretty big surprise for whoever would run into it later.

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    With 5 people in the room it wasn't just going to be left anywhere. And he got out while being moved back into his cage after cleaning, not like an unexpected breakout. The snake was out of sight most of the time, under the table in the middle of the room :P
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    So this girl technically is no longer a UNC snake, as she is now a resident of my sister's school and staying with us over the summer, but she came from the same place. Bindi is a year old Irian Jaya carpet python, and has become a very friendly one at that.
    Bindi-Morelia spilota variegata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Bindi-Morelia spilota variegata by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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