Thursday, July 19, 2012

It Just Might Be Easy to Be Green

If you are this Emerald Tree Boa that is.

We ran into this guy at the San Diego Zoo's Reptile walk.  Don't worry - he's contained.  

He's a non-venomous species of boa, found  in the rainforests of South America.  Adults grow to about 6 feet (1.8 m) in length. They have highly developed front teeth that are likely proportionately larger than those of any other non-venomous snake.

A strictly nocturnal and arboreal species, it spends its days in a characteristic coil over a tree branch with its head perched at the center. At night, it will remain coiled on its branch, but extends its head downward. Curled as if about to strike, it will hold still in this position, waiting for prey to approach directly below. Prey is grasped with the long frontal teeth, pulled in and constricted to asphyxiation.

He's pretty too, isn't he?

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