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Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus)


Common names: Emerald Tree Boa

Size: 120cm-180cm is average. However exceptionally large specimens can exceed 210cm.

Age: 15-20 years is average.

Difficulty: High, Emerald Tree Boas are very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity; incorrect conditions can lead to a number of health problems. They can also be very fussy feeders, with peculiar feeding habits.

Temperature: Ambient of 80-85°F (26-30°C). The enclosure should never exceed these temperatures.

Humidity: High. This species should be sprayed daily. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 90x60x60 (3ft) is perfectly adequate for an adult Emerald Tree Boa. This species spends much of its time perched so will require horizontal perching a similar thickness to its body at the thickest part. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Green Tree Pythons.

Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Orchid bark is a widely used medium for keeping Emerald Tree Boas on. However eco earth and hydroleca can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted mice.

Natural Distribution: South America

Things to note: Emerald Tree Boas can make incredibly rewarding captives when given the correct set up, time and care. However it should be noted that Emerald Tree Boas are more difficult to keep than most other commonly kept snake species.