Emerald Tree Boa

Corallus caninus

Animals of South America Back
Emerald tree boas are arboreal and nocturnal. They prefer to spend most of their time alone coiled up in the branches of trees.  When they go hunting at night, they use their strong prehensile tails to help them move around between the branches of trees. 

Emerald tree boas are good hunters. They have good nocturnal eyesight which helps them to sense movement and also have deep pits in the scales around their mouth for detecting heat given off by their prey.

Emerald tree boas are non-venomous and they have the longest teeth, relative to body size, of any non-venomous snake (hence the name caninus). These long teeth help to grasp birds in mid flight!

DIET

Small mammals and birds; juveniles also feed on small reptiles and amphibians

 
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