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Garden Tree Boa

Garden Tree Boa

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Scientific Name:

Corallus hortolanus


Distribution

Amazon Basin in the S. America


Diet:

Carnivore. Birds, bats, frogs, rodents, lizards, marsupials.


Facts

Habitat: Rainforest, dry forest, savannah.

 

Gestation: 6-8 months, 5-20 young 

 

Social structure: Solitary

 

Weight: 0.4-1.3kg

 

Dimensions: 0,50-1,80cm

 

Lifespan: 20 under human care

 

IUCN Status: Least concern

 

Estimated population in the wild: Common

 

Threats: May be threatened locally by deforestation, and persecution because the species looks like a viper, but on a range-wide scale no major threats are known.

 

Did you know that:

  1. They are "ovoviviparous," meaning their eggs stay inside the mother's body until they're ready to hatch, after which she gives birth to live independent young.
  2. They are non-venomous and prey is killed through constriction.
  3. They hunt at night using their infrared pits which allows them to sense the body heat of their prey or during the day using their good vision.
  4. They hang from a branch using their prehensile tail in an “S” shape and strike at prey.



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