Emerald tree Boa (Corallus caninus)

Emerald Tree Boa
Judith Wolfe

                   Emerald Tree Boa

Zoo collection includes: One

Found in the wild: South American Amazon basin, from Peru and Bolivia eastward through Brazil and the Guianas. Tropical rainforest; live in tree tops.

See Them at the Central Park Zoo: Upstairs in in close-up gallery exhibits of the Tropical Rain Forest

Description: Emerald tree boas are called "emerald" because of the exquisite green coloration on their dorsal surfaces. Many populations have striking white markings occurring along the dorsal midline, although some individuals lack them. Other individuals have black coloration on the dorsum. Juveniles range from a brown to red color.

What do they eat: Birds, lizards, and small mammals such as mice, opossums, and possibly bats.

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Life span: Recorded only in captivity: estimated 15 to 25 years.  

Threats: The only known predators of this snake is the Guianan crested eagles.

Fun Facts: Although they are arboreal, they do occasionally descend to the ground to bask in the sun. The young are a reddish-brown color. By 4 months, they begin to develop their adult, green coloration.




Blood Python (Python curtus)

Blood Python
Judith Wolfe

                  Blood Python

Zoo collection includes: Several

Found in the wild: Indonesia, specifically central and southern Malay Peninsula, Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei, Borneo, and Sumatra.

See Them at the Central Park Zoo: In an enclosed habitat in the tropical rain forest.

Description: May grow up to 5-6 feet long. Head is long and broad and wider than its neck. It consist of dark colors that range from a charcoal gray to black.  Has a red stripe running from its internasal to the neck. Posterior colors are mostly dark hues with pale pattern or blotches; Anterior colors are light hues with dark patterns.  Light colors consist of pale yellow to orange and the dark colors range from dark orange to various shades of red and even black.

What do they eat: Small mammals, and birds.

Life span: 20 years

Threats: Endangered

Fun Facts: Female tends to be larger than males. A blood python living in its natural habitat will spend most of its time underwater.  While submerged in a river or stream, the blood python waits for its meal to cross its path and would then stalk the targeted prey and ambush it.



Dumeril’s Ground Boa (Acrantophis dumerili)

Dumeril’s Ground Boa
Judith Wolfe

       Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Zoo collection includes: Several

Found in the wild: Southern Madagascar.

See Them at the Central Park Zoo: At CPZ, see the exhibit on the lower level of the Tropic building, just past the fruit bats.

Description: Grayish brown and cocoa pattern. May grow up to 6-8 feet long.

What do they eat: Small mammals, birds, and amphibians.

Life span: 15-20 years.

Threats: Threats facing this species include the widespread habitat destruction that has occurred on Madagascar for agriculture or livestock grazing. In some areas, the snakes are collected for food and the skins are used for leather.  This species is highly desirable in the pet trade and so international trade in wild specimens in banned.

Fun Facts: They kill their prey by constriction. Constriction entails the tightening of the snake's muscles to stop circulation or to cause suffocation in the prey. The patchy pattern of its skin offers camouflage against the leaf-strewn forest floor.
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