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Emerald Tree Boa - Comparison
with the Green Tree Python

By Paul Huang,
as originally posted on The Emerald Tree Boa Page

Introduction

The emerald tree boa and the green tree python (Morelia viridis) are remarkeably similar. They are easily mistaken for each other even by experienced herpetologists. Below are examples of juveniles and adults of both species. Judge for yourself how similar they are.

Emerald Tree Boa
(Corallus caninus)
Juvenile

Green Tree Python
(Morelia viridis)
Juvenile
Image Courtesy Dave Barker

Emerald Tree Boa
(Corallus caninus)
Adult

Green Tree Python
(Morelia viridis)
Adult

Habitat:
Lowland and tropical rain forests

Coiling:
Coil so that the head is more or less in the center of the coil

Color:
various shades of green

Neonate color:
Can be red, orange, yellow, green or a combination of these colors

Heat Receptors:
Present

Size:
4' - 9'

Prehensile Tail:
Present

Teeth:
Presence of long maxillary teeth

Habitat:
Lowland and tropical rain forests

Coiling:
Coil so that the head is more or less in the center of the coil

Color:
various shades of green

Neonate color:
Can be maroon, red or yellow


Heat Receptors:
Present

Size:
4' - 6'

Prehensile Tail:
Present

Teeth:
Presence of long maxillary teeth

Distribution:
northern South America

Subfamily:
Boidae

Method of reproduction:
ovoviviparous

Number of young:
3 - 15

Distribution:
Indonesia, Malaysia, Western Australia

Subfamily:
Pythonidae

Method of reproduction:
oviparous

Number of young:
10 - 25

 

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