Amazon tree boa

Corallus hortulanus

At the Zoo

South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary

Fascinating Facts

Physical Characteristics

Males and females are similar in size and markings. The average length is between 47 – 59 inches. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.


Amazon tree boas are found in the Amazon region of South America, including Columbia east of Andes, southern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica. They live in forests with high humidity as well as savannas or dry forests. They prefer to stay in trees, but also have been observed on the forest floor. They feed on birds, bats, frogs, rodents, lizards and marsupials.

Social Behavior

Males will shed their skin and engage in “tail writhing” as part of their courtship behavior. The gestation period is 6 – 8 months, after which the female will give birth to live young. There is no parental involvement after birth and young will reach sexual maturity at 3 years.

Status In The Wild

Not yet assessed by IUCN

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