Emerald Tree Boa

Zoo Location: Reptile Tropics
 Emerald Tree Boa
Habitat

The emerald tree boa is found in the rainforests of South America.

Wild Diet

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

Behaviour

Due to its extremely slow metabolism of this species, meals may be several months apart. They will shed around every 6 months and females are usually larger, measuring up to 6ft when fully grown.

Breeding

Emerald teaa 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.

Conservation

Under Brazilian law, no wild caught or captive-born emerald tree boas may leave the country.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Corallus caninus
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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