- The scientific name of Emerald Tree Boa is Corallus caninus.
- 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.
- The snakes are found in South America 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.
- 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%.
- Impaction and regurgitation result from improper temperature control after feeding.