Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus, Hundskopfboa)

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    The Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) is a non venomous species of bright green snake that lives in the rainforests of South America.

    Emerald tree boas are typically a shade of emerald green in color with a white irregular zigzag stripe down the back and a yellow underside. The bright coloration and markings are very distinctive among South American snakes. Juveniles are extremely variable in color, and are often orange or yellow, with irregular spotting.

    Emerald tree boas have many morphological differences based on locality, enough that some herpetologists have considered whether they should be classified as subspecies. Specimens from the Amazon River basin tend to grow the largest, attaining lengths of 7-9 feet (2.1-2.7 m), while the overall average size is closer to 6 feet (1.8 m). Emerald tree boas from the southern end of their range in Peru tend to be darker in color.

    It appears very similar to the green tree python (Morelia viridis), from southeast Asia and Australia, but they are only very distantly related, and are an example of convergent evolution. Physical differences include the scales on its head, and the location of the heat pits around the mouth in the boa.

    The young snakes are born living, as with most boas (whereas pythons use to lay down eggs).

    An easy to photograph snake because it does not move very often but stays in this typical position on her branch. By the way: those boas do not leave their tree for their whole life as long as some frogs (food) cross their way sometimes ...

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    Zoo Schmiding
    Canon 5D with Sigma 150/2.8 Macro USM
    1/40s f/4.5 ISO 500 handheld (!)

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    1. Photo Art by barry 80 months ago | reply

      Wonderful detail and color.

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    11. Jonslost. 54 months ago | reply

      Um i mean im not sure what the variables are in the wild,but at home,in my tank my gtp always go down to the ground.
      and ive read of them doing this in the wild too,not just to hunt but sometimes to get away from over heat and to get more moisture from the ground when there going to shed

    12. The Toymaker 54 months ago | reply

      a friend of mine had a trio of green tree pythons for years, and while they occasionaly would be found coiled up on the ground, this is by no means common. my garden tree boas would also only rarely rest on the ground. if tree snakes like these ALWAYS go down to the ground, something with the heat from above or the humidity is not right, or maybe there is too little shelter, too little leafy growth to coil up in between. but even with bare branches usually tree boas and tree pythons will rather coil up on a branch than on the ground.

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