The Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) is a non-venomous snake.
The Emerald Tree Boa is bright green with white zig-zag markings on its back and belly, called lightning bolts. Its belly is yellow. It has long frontal fangs.
It measures about 180 centimetres (71 inches) long.
The Emerald Tree Boa is native to the northern regions of South America, particularly in Brazil and Columbia, and from Venezuela to Suriname. It prefers tropical rainforests, especially the Amazon jungle.
It eats small mammals, and sometimes birds and lizards. It eats once every two or three months.
The Emerald Tree Boa is ovoviviparous, which means that the eggs hatch inside the female and the snakelets are born alive. Females produce 6-14 young. The snakelets may be orange in colour and gradually turn emerald green when they are 9-12 months old.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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