Range: Amazon Basin: Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia to the Guianas
Habitat: Trees and bushes adjacent to water courses, swamps and marshes in rain forests
Wild Diet: Small mammals and birds
Zoo Diet: Mice, rats
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.
Gestation: Unknown. Eggs are hatched within the female, and the young born live.