Emerald Tree Boa

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, and Brazil

DIET:
Tree dwelling mammals and birds.

HABITAT: 
Lowland rainforests.

DESCRIPTION: 
Emerald is a good name for these brilliant green snakes. Arboreal (tree-living) boas rarely leave the safety of tree branches. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
This snake must hang downward to swallow its prey. Living in tropical rainforests, these snakes drink by lapping water from leaves collected in their coils. Tree boas coil on branches to rest, while other tree dwelling snakes stretch along the branches.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
A pair of emerald tree boas lives in the Tropical Pavilion at the El Paso Zoo. Over the years a number of baby boas have been born at the Zoo and then sent to other zoos.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:  
Read about tree boas online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the El Paso Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS: 
Emerald tree boas are ovoviviparous. This means that the eggs are kept inside the snake.  When the baby snakes are ready to hatch they come out fully formed. Other animals that are ovoviviparous include pythons, boa constrictors, rattlesnakes, sharks and many species of insects. Emerald trees boas can have 6-14 young at a time.