Emerald Tree Boa

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Emerald Tree Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Emerald Tree Boa is Corallus caninus


  • Typically the color of emerald is green with zigzag strips and a white color shade between the strips.
  • They have yellowish skin underneath.
  • Juveniles are normally orange or yellow in color with inconsistent markings.
  • They looked similar to Green Tree Boas.
  • They are nocturnal animals and hunt at night by waiting for their prey to approach them.


  • The snakes are found in South American countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, and Suriname.


  • The gestation is about 5 to 6 months.


  • An adult female snake will normally give birth to 2 to 15 live baby boas.


  • On average, an adult snake’s size is about 1.8 meters.
  • However, certain snakes can grow up to 2.7 meters.

Life Span

  • Emerald Tree Boa can live up to 15 to 20 years in the wild.


  • This is a carnivore reptile, which means that they only eat other animals or meat.
  • In nature, the preys are small mammals, lizards, frogs, or birds.
  • In captivity, you should be cautious about the food size. These snakes should be fed with small rats or mice. The large size of food fed may result in regurgitation.
  • Feeding frequency is approximately 18 to 22 days.


  • This snake is commonly found in Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname.
  • You may notice that Emerald tree boas that are found near the end of Peru are normally darker in color, but they belong to the same species.
  • They often live near large swamps or marshes, or rivers in the rainforests of South America.
  • Temperature and humidity are important for digestion and metabolism.
  • In captivity, temperature should not be above 32°C and below 21°C for 5 days after feeding.
  • Ideally, the humidity should be around 85%.

Common Disease

  • Impaction and regurgitation result from improper temperature control after feeding.