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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Boidae
Genus:Boa
Genus species:Boa caninus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.2 m
Identification:The emerald green tree boa is bright green with white bands across the body and a yellow underside.
Habitat:Rain forests
Diet:Carnivore: birds, bats, small mammals
Reproduction:After gestating for 6-11 months, the female emerald green tree boa gives birth to 10-20 live young. These snakes can live for 15-20 years.
Emerald green tree boas are solitary.
Behavior:This is an arboreal species of boa. They are also nocturnal. They kill their prey by striking it with their fangs and then crushing it. The animal is then eaten whole, head first.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The fastest of all boas, the emerald green tree boa is also a very good swimmer. It uses heat sensors, called labial pits, on its upper lip to locate prey, and its forked tongue is used to smell its environment. This is a nonvenomous snake and can be very docile when kept in captivity.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:Emerald green tree boa
snake
reptile
herptile
Tree boas
Boidae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata