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Emerald tree boa

Corallus caninus

Emerald tree boa at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Reptiles
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae

A vision of green, the emerald tree boa is found in the rainforests of South America.

This snake will eat small mammals, smaller bird species, lizards and frogs.

Interesting facts!

  • Due to the extremely slow metabolism of this species, meals can be several months apart.
  • They shed around every 6 months and females are usually larger, measuring up to 6ft when fully grown.
  • Emerald tree boas are ovoviviparous, which means that eggs remain in the mothers’ body until they are ready to hatch. An average of 6 to 14 young are born at a time.
  • Juveniles vary in colour between light and dark orange or brick red until 9 to 12 months of age.


The population of emerald tree boas in the wild is currently stable. Under Brazilian law, no wild caught or captive-born emerald tree boas may leave the country.