In the Amazon Basin, there is a snake that is among the most beautiful in the entire world. For those that have never seen an emerald tree boa, the first time is always an exciting and fascinating experience. Not only is the emerald tree boa gorgeous to look at, they are also quite incredible in the way they hunt and live.
Every discussion of the emerald tree boa begins and ends with their striking appearance. The emerald tree boa is a bright green color with white stripes throughout the length of their bodies. The bottom of the boa is bright yellow and that yellow follows all the way up to include the bottom of the jaw and mouth. This coloration is so bright and vivid that it is among the most beautiful in the world. The emerald tree boa is a reddish color until about one year of age when they attain the bright coloration.
The colors of the tree boa are not only for decoration. They are actually what keeps the boa alive in the rainforest. Owls, eagles and other birds of prey would pick them off easily if they did not blend in well with the forest greenery. The other important function of this blending in is to help the emerald tree boa catch prey to eat.
The emerald tree boa will hang upside down in trees all day and use the heat sensors in it’s snout to locate prey. When they happen too close to the boa, it will lunge out with it’s powerful bite and backward facing teeth to secure the prey. They like to eat birds, and any small mammal that it is able to swallow. These poor animals never know what hit them with the emerald tree boa. They constrict their prey and are quite feisty about doing so.
While the emerald tree boa is certainly among the best looking snakes in the world, they are far from the largest among the boas. They generally grow to around six feet long, and get fairly plump. They are more flat than round, and this aids them in moving around the trees. The emerald tree boa never leaves the trees, and spends close to forty years eating and resting among the branches.
The female gives birth to about ten young per birth, and they are born live.