Facts about Emerald Tree Boa snake. "Scientific name for Emerald Tree Boa snake is Corallus caninus". Emerald Tree Boa snake is a Corallus type of nontoxic snake that is one of the members of the Boidae family. The Emerald Tree Boa snakes can be seen in the South American rainforests. They are also commonly found in the Amazon Basin area of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, the northern parts of Bolivia and Brazil. The Emerald Tree Boa snakes live in damp lowland rainforests. They are largely found in the shelter and the understory of the tropical forest and are mostly found in branches overhanging water bodies. The Emerald Tree Boa snakes live only in regions where there is in excess of 150 cm (60 inches)of yearly rainfall.
Features of Emerald Tree Boa snake
Emerald Tree Boa is a large-size snake that attains the maximum length of 6 feet (1.8 meters) when matured. The Emerald Tree Boa snakes have vastly developed front teeth that are likely impartially bigger than those of any other non-poisonous snake.
Emerald Tree Boa has an emerald green color body, with a white uneven interrupted zigzag line or lightning bolts along the back and a yellow color abdomen. The vivid coloration and marks are extremely unique among the Emerald Tree Boa snakes of South America. The Emerald Tree Boa snake appears extremely similar to Morelia viridis, the green tree python from Australia and the Southeast Asia.
The Emerald Tree Boa snake has a stout body, which is laterally compressed, and ends with a sturdy prehensile tail that enables the snake to fasten itself to the branches of the tree on which it coils. The body of the Emerald Tree Boa snake is thick and can be in excess of 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. It has a big, bulky head that is clearly differentiated from the much slimmer neck. The back part of the Emerald Tree Boa snake head is defined by two quite great protuberances on both sides that contribute to the largeness of the head. These protuberances may be employed as an energy store as emaciated snakes frequently lose these bulges. The bulges incline forward to a nose that is angled in such a way that the lower jaw seems to be smaller than the upper jaw.
The eyes of the Emerald Tree Boa snake have pupils, which are thin and perpendicularly oriented similar to those of a cat. The Emerald Tree Boa snake have several heat receptors, and these receptors pick up the infrared radiation and really provide the snake a picture of the thermo-atmosphere around them.
Diet of Emerald Tree Boa snake
The Emerald Tree Boa snake usually feeds on small creatures, but they have been recognized to feed on some smaller bird varieties, including frogs and lizards in the wild. As a result of the exceptionally slow metabolism of the Emerald Tree Boa snake variety, these snakes feed much less frequently than earth dwelling varieties and meals may be some months apart. In the captive, these snakes are fed with rats, mice and chicks.
Reproduction of Emerald Tree Boa snake
The Emerald Tree Boa snake is ovoviviparous; with female snakes, giving birth between 6 and 14 young snakes at a time, sometimes more than that. Litters beyond these numbers are very rare. Newly born juvenile snakes have a unique brick-red to orange tinted body and they will slowly undergo an ontogenetic color transform within a period between 9 and 12 months, slowly becoming complete emerald green.
The average lifespan of the Emerald Tree Boa snake ranges from 15 years to 20 years.