Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald Tree Boa

Corallus caninus


While green as adults, they begin life as red hatchlings

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Amazon River Forest

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Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald tree boas are an exquisite green color. Many have striking white markings occurring along the dorsal midline, although some individuals lack them. Juveniles range from yellow to orange or red.

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


Rodents, birds, and small mammals


Emerald tree boas can reach over 6 feet in length. 


Northern Brazil, eastern Peru, southern Colombia, southern Venezuela, French Guiana, eastern Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana, and the extreme north of Bolivia 

Population Status

Least concern


As adults, only raptors prey on them

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