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Emerald Tree Boa

Corallus caninus

Range

  • Amazonian and Guianan regions of South America

Habitat

  • Rainforest

Diet

  • Birds
  • Rats
  • Bats
  • Squirrels
  • Lizards
  • Monkeys

These tree-dwelling snakes use their brilliant green coloration to hide from predators.

The ability to camouflage also helps while hunting. A sit-and-wait predator, they coil on a branch and strike out as their prey move along the tree. Long, inward-facing teeth allow them to catch fast-moving prey and keep it from escaping. Unlike most snakes, their eggs develop inside the mother who then gives birth to live young.

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