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Scientific Name: Corallus caninus

Habitat: wet lowlands of the tropical rainforest

Diet: birds, rodents, lizards, monkeys

Life span: 10-20 years (15-25 years in captivity)

Young: up to 20 young

Size: 1.5-2.5 m (up to 8ft)

These nocturnal snakes rarely leave the trees and are usually seen coiled on a branch overhanging water. This position is unique to this snake and is perfect for striking at lightening speed, even catching birds in flight.

Look for the heat sensors (pits) on the snake’s lips. These allow them to detect the location of prey in the dark.

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Emerald tree boa on Animal Diversity Web


Range: South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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