Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald Tree Boa

Corallus caninus

DID YOU KNOW?

Though green as adults, this snake is red as a hatchling.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Amazon River Forest

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Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald tree boas are an exquisite green color, and some have striking white marks along the dorsal midline. As juveniles, these snakes range from yellow to orange or red.

Arboreal, or tree-dwelling, in nature, this snake’s tail is strongly prehensile, which means it is adapted to grasp or hold objects.

Diet

Emerald tree boas feed on rodents, birds and small mammals.

Size

They can reach over 6 feet in length.

Range

They are found in northern Brazil, eastern Peru, southern Colombia, southern Venezuela, French Guiana, eastern Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana and the extreme north of Bolivia.

Population Status

This population is not considered threatened.

Predators

As adults, only raptors prey on emerald tree boas.

Did You Know?

Though green as adults, this snake is red as a hatchling.

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