Emerald Tree Boa

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Emerald Tree Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Emerald Tree Boa is Corallus caninus

Description

  • Typically with the colour of emerald is green with zigzag strips and white colour shade between the strips.
  • They have yellowish skin underneath.
  • Juveniles are normally orange or yellow in colours with inconsistent marking.
  • They looked similar to Green Tree Boas.
  • They are nocturnal animal, and hunt at night by waiting its prey approaching them.
  • As the name implied, this species spend most of the time on the tree. 

Distribution

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

Breeding

  • The gestation is about 5 to 6 months.

Nesting

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

Size

  • 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. 

Emerald Tree Boa Diet and Feeding

  • This is a carnivore reptile, it means that they only eat other animal 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 rat or mouse. Large size of food fed may result in regurgitation.
  • Feeding frequency is approximately 18 to 22 days.

Natural Habitat and Housing Requirements

  • 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 colours, but they are belong the same species.
  • They often live near large swamps or marshes or rivers in the rainforests of South America.
  • The temperature and humidity are important for its digestion and metabolism.
  • In the captivity, temperature should not be above 32°C and below 21°C in 5 days after feeding.
  • Ideally, the humidity should be around 85%.

Common Disease

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