This brilliant green tree snake blends in perfectly with the multi-faceted green leaves of the dense rain forest.
The Emerald Tree Boa is a brilliant green in color on top, patterned with white or yellow triangular blotches. The under side is yellow. Neonates are terracotta, or occasionally bluish-green in color, patterned with white. As they grow, green flecks appear over the body increasing in size and number until the emerald green of the adult appears. Adults can reach nearly 8 feet in length. Huge, fang-like teeth assure rapid penetration and a secure grip through the feathers and/or fur of their prey.
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Emerald tree boas, like all boas, are born live. Their young are born orange or yellow, and turn emerald green by their first birthday.
Arboreal and nocturnal, they spend the day draped in symmetrical coils over branches, the prehensile tail assuring a firm grip. Prey is constricted and often ingested while the boa is suspended from a branch, which is gripped by the tail and posterior body. All species of Corallus have well developed labial thermoreceptors. Sensitive to minute temperature gradients, these thermoreceptors aid the snake in locating its prey and aiming its strike. This boa is said to be mean-tempered in captivity.
Emerald Tree Boas give birth to living young, the size of the litter and neonates varying with the size of the female.