Emerald Boa


Common name : Emerald tree boa

Scientific name : Corallus caninus

Family : Boidae

Native to : Northern South America

Interesting fact : It has a unique resting position with its head in the middle of a coiled body saddled on a branch.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Emerald green with white zig-zag markings and a yellow underside, the emerald boa is a visual treat. It constricts its prey and eats it while hanging by its tail from a tree branch. Rodents, squirrels, monkeys, bats and birds are caught at night when they are active. Eggs are held inside the mother until they are ready to hatch.

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