Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa

Amazon Basin emerald tree boa is endemic to the rainforests of the Amazon Basin. The arboreal snake is active during both the day and the night. The species name batesii is in honor of the English naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates. It has a vertical white line running down its back that distinguishes it from the closely related species, Corallus caninus, which has a horizontal lightning bolt pattern in its place.

Scientific Classifications

  • Suborder:Serpentes
  • Family:Boidae
  • Genus:Corallus
  • Species:C. batesii

Conservation Status

Not EvaluatedNE

Not Evaluated

Data DeficientDD

Data Deficient

Least ConcernLC

Least Concern

Near ThreatenedNT

Near Threatened





Critically EndangeredCR

Critically Endangered

Extinct in the wildEW

Extinct in the wild





Full Grown Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa

The boa reaches a total length of around 9 ft (2.7 m), including its tail.

Color and Appearance

The Amazon Basin emerald tree boa’s dark green back has an enamel-white vertebral stripe with merging lateral markings that are often bordered with black spots. It has a yellow belly.

Are They Dangerous to Humans 

They are not large enough to coil around humans and kill them by constricting. At the most, they can snap at you. They have a very docile nature and are averse to biting. Even if they do, there is no danger involved as they are non-venomous.

Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boas at a Glance


It inhabits the basin of the Amazon River, namely south Venezuela to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, south Suriname, and the jungles surrounding the said river.


Tropical rainforests with altitudes between sea level and 3300 ft (1000 m) form their natural habitat.


Their lifespan is unknown in the wild. In captivity, they are known to live for around 20 years.


The main predators are the crested and harpy eagles.


It preys on small airborne animals like birds and bats.

Corallus batesii


Ovoviviparous (gives birth to live young from eggs that hatch inside the body)

Baby Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa

The males reach sexual maturity at 3-4 years, while the same is 4-5 years for females. They start reproducing at these ages, mating in late winter and early spring. The female has a gestation period of 5-7 months, during which it fasts mostly. It gives birth to 5-12 young at a time which can go up to 20 in rare cases. The babies don’t receive care from their parents and fend for themselves.

Similar Species

Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald tree boa, Corallus caninus, or Guiana Shield emerald tree boais smaller than the Amazon Basin emerald tree boa, reaching a length of 6 ft (1.8 m). The shape and number of scales across the snout vary between the two species. The emerald tree boa is emerald green with a creamy white belly and white zig zag stripes on its back. It is more aggressive and has a higher population than the Amazon Basin emerald tree boa.

Since this boa has very specific care requirements keeping it as a pet is not that common.


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