"This is a real snake skin. Wait a minute... a boomslang is a snake!"
Harry Potter[src]

Boomslangs (Dispholidus typus) are relatively small, venomous colubrid snakes native to sub-Saharan Africa.


The skin of a boomslang is mostly green in males and brown in females. A boomslang's diet consists mostly of small lizards and frogs, swallowed whole, though on occasion will eat mammals or birds (and their eggs). Their venom is highly poisonous, but slow to act.[1]

Uses in Potions


A jar of shredded Boomslang skin

The boomslang's skin is used in certain potions, most notably Polyjuice Potion. Boomslang skin is not a common Potion ingredient, but can be found in the private store room for the Potions professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2][3]


The English word "boomslang" is an English loan-word from Afrikaans or Dutch, "boom" meaning tree, and "slang" meaning snake.


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