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Emerald Boa
Emerald Boa
Reptile. The perfect resting place for an emerald boa is a horizontal branch overhanging water. The snake will coil around the branch, resting his head in the center of his coils. Their striking color comes from two layers of cells, one that reflects yellow and a second underneath that reflects blue. These boas reach 2.2 m (7.25 ft) long and 5 cm (2.2 in) in diameter. Some have observed that the deeper one goes into the Amazon, the bigger they get! Their lips are lined with extra heat receptors that the boa uses to track prey. Sensing odors and chemicals with a forked tongue, they ambush from above.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Corallus caninus 15-20 years
Carnivore. Small animals including rodents, squirrels, monkeys, lizards, bats, and birds.
Predators and Threats
Raptors, like the Guianan crested eagle, and humans are their only known predators.
They live in trees and bushes near rivers, marshes, and swamps. Found in the rainforests of in South America, particularly in the Lower Amazon Basin.