Emerald tree boa

Emerald tree boa

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Emerald tree boa, Corallus caninus, found in the Amazon basin; this captive specimen comes from Guyana (1984). These snakes grow to a length of about 2 m. They are one of the most beautiful of boas having a brilliant green coloration with whitish bands; this also offers superb camouflage when it crawls about in trees or shrubs as it hunts bird or lizards or when simply resting in a tree. The body is compressed laterally, enabling the snake to press close to the tree branches; on the ground it is not particularly agile. The long powerful fore teeth enable tree boas to catch birds, which they snap at and then hold onto with those teeth.

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Keywords: amazon, animal, corallus caninus, emerald tree boa, guyana, nature, reptile, reptilia, snake, south america, wildlife, zoology

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