DR MORLEY READ / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR MORLEY READ / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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.
Model release not required. Property release not required.