ANIMAL:Amazon/Garden Tree Boa Corallus hortulanus/hortulana
Type of Animal:
Tropical forest, flooded forest, dry forest, woodland, scrub forest, savanna, riversides, plantations, sugarcane fields, fruit orchards, grassland, river/oxbow edge trees
S Colombia, S Venezuela, Guiana Shield, Brazil, E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia
2 main phases-garden phase boas have drabber coloration (usually brownish, olive, olive-brown, black, gray, or mix of these), colored phase boas have combo of red/yellow/orange or one of these colors dominates, coloration highly variable, cream to reddish brown ventral area but fairly variable, slender thin build, proportionally large head (often striped) w/ large bulging eyes, long prehensile tail, several different color morphs
Birds, bats, rodents, mouse opossums, frogs, lizards, insects
Status in Wild:
Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & herpetoculture
Male: 1 lb
Female: 3 lbs
6-8 monthsLife Span:
Male: 5 ft
Female: 6-7 ft
Young: 2.95 ft
Adult: 11.4-12 in
Young: 4.69-4.96 in
Main predators of adults are raptors, boa constrictors, felids, crocodilians, & monkeys. Smaller monkeys eat young.
Like most boas, they’re ovoviviparous, w/ eggs hatching internally, resulting in 5-20 live young.
Most active at night but occasionally hunt during the day.
They’re highly arboreal.
They’re ambush predators.
Like all boas, they kill prey by constricting/swallowing whole.
Use thermal receptor pits around mouth to detect prey.
Males sexually mature at a year old, females at 2 years old.
When hunting at night, they use heat pits. On daytime hunting occasions, they use vision.
1st shed occurs 1-2 weeks after birth.
Often seen in curled position in trees.
Variation in patterns may be due to variety of habitats they live in serving as camouflage.
Males highly combative w/ fights sometimes resulting in death.
Often called ATBs in herpetoculture.
Also called Common Tree Boa & Macabrel.
These snakes can be quite defensive & often aggressive, not hesitating to strike/bite w/ long needle-like teeth. Another defense mechanism is to whip tail/release musk. Not a snake for 1st time snake owner or the faint of heart. Males sometimes use vestigial pelvic spurs in defense. Spurs more often used in mating.
What’s up to all, the contents present at this web page are in fact awesome for people knowledge,
well, keep up the nice work fellows.