1841B. ShawMemorials 310Of several kinds of snakes..one only is considered as innoxious. This is the boomslang or tree-snake, so called from its being found coiled round the branches of trees.
1936L.G. Green inBest of S. Afr. Short Stories (1991) 168He walked into the forester’s office one day with a tree snake, six feet long, over his shoulder.
1962V.F.M. FitzsimonsSnakes of Sn Afr. 196Alternative names: green, brown, black, Cape or back-fanged tree-snake.
1987R. PattersonReptiles of Sn Afr. 83Boomslang or Tree Snake..Measuring 1 — 1,5 m in length, the Boomslang appears in a number of different colour variations.
1991Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 168The ‘man who played with snakes’ must have been quick to have caught a boomslang or tree snake (Dispholidus typus) which can move like a flash through the trees.