Name: Emerald Tree
Boa (A.K.A. Emerald Boa, Green Tree Boa)
Number of Species: 1
Status: The Corallus Caninus is currently not evaluated.
Emerald Boas live almost exclusively in the trees and only come down to move to another tree or to bask in the sun. They feed on smaller mammals and birds, and sometimes go after small amphibians and reptiles. Their green coloration is perfect for hiding in the branches of the trees. Emerald Tree Boas are not venomous; rather they constrict their prey before consuming it. They do have very sharp teeth, which helps them hold onto their prey before they start to coil around it. While these snakes are predators for many animals, they themselves are hunted by birds of prey.
Emerald Tree Boas reproduce about every two years. They breed by producing clutches of usually three-to-eight eggs, however they are ovoviviparous. This means that the eggs hatch inside the mother after a gestation period of seven months. The young will then be born live. This style of breeding allows them to stay in the trees for most of their lives.
Emerald Tree Boas are not
currently evaluated by the ICUN. However, widespread, unchecked deforestation
threatens thousands of animal and plant species, including Emerald Tree
Boas. These snakes are also common exotic pets. If the demand for these
snakes climbs too high, it will stress the wild populations. If you
would like to keep an Emerald Tree Boa as a pet, please obtain one that
was bred in captivity, DO NOT buy one that was taken from the wild!
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