Emerald Tree Boa

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Species group:

Scientific name: Corallus caninus

The basics:
Colombia, Brazil

Appearance / health:
A powerful constrictor with a strong prehensile tail, the adult Emerald Tree Boa is usually about 6 feet long and, as the name implies, emerald green in color. Yellow or whitish scales are seen on the lips and venter, and oftentimes all over the belly. Pure white vertebral stripes, bars, or zigzag markings are seen on the green adults. These vertebral markings are what identify the young, which are born dark red, then turn orange, and finally green as they mature.

Behavior / temperament:
Emerald Tree Boas are nocturnal and arboreal. They choose a favorite branch to curl up on and sleep through the day. When awakened they get startled and tend to bite. They prefer quiet surroundings with sufficient foliage (natural or artificial) for security.

Emerald Tree Boas, considered a canopy (arboreal) species, are best housed in large, vertically oriented rainforest type cages equipped with several large horizontal tree branches, some foliage for hiding, and a huge bathing pan that will accommodate the snake when it wants to soak. A few large branches should be under the heat lamp for basking. Day temp: 77-86F; night temp: 68-77F; basking temp: 86-95F; humidity: 70-100%; lighting: 12 hours.

Emerald Tree Boas are best kept as a pair or a group with one male. They are considered display snakes, easily stressed when disturbed or handled. When stressed, they have a tendency to regurgitate their food. They are common in the pet trade but considered a challenging species to care for.

Known as a finicky eater, Emerald Tree Boas tend to accept only live food such as mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, chicks and baby quails. Some snakes prefer specific colors of prey; therefore, experimentation may be required. Young ones are known to accept small lizards and frogs.

Like other Boas, the Emerald Tree Boa give birth to live young, less than a dozen large babies at a time. The young are born in the branches and quickly learn to climb. Raised temperatures and humidity, along with longer photoperiods, induce breeding.


white diamond pattern, neat iridescent sheen, emerald, absolutely gorgeous snakes


aggressive, specific temperature, wild caught rescue, nasty bite, large teeth, temperamental animals


arboreal snake, avid eaters mice, strong branches

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Emerald Tree Boa

From ManoftheNorth Apr 12 2014 2:32PM


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