Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon tree Boa at Wingham Wildlife Park

Amazon Tree Boa Natural History

Size

The average size of these boas ranges from 5 foot to 6 and a half foot. Unlike many of the ground boas these snakes are very slim with a wide head.

Habitat and Distribution

This is a rain forest dwelling species which is found through out most of tropical South America.

Age

It is not uncommon for this species to live as long as 15 to 20 years or more.

Diet

This species will feed on animals such as small mammals and frogs but mostly feeds on small birds which it is able to pluck out of the sky from its high vantage point in the trees.  This is a constrictor, meaning it strangles its prey rather than injecting venom.

Groups and Breeding

These Tree Boas give birth to an average of 10 to 15 live young up to 5 or 6 months after mating.

Threats

These snakes are not threatened in the wild due to their vast natural range, and healthy population throughout. However as with many species living in the rain forest, their numbers are dropping due to destruction of their natural habitat. Also due to the beautiful coloration of this species it is often collected for the pet trade.

Interesting facts

This is an incredibly aggressive snake and is very likely to bite if approached.

The Tree Boa During Your Day Out in Kent

At Wingham Wildlife Park, the Amazon tree boa (some times also called the garden tree boa or garden boa) male lives in the reptile house, and displays a yellow coloration.  He can often been seen at the top or middle level of his enclosure, relaxing on one of the horizontal logs.  If you are lucky you might be able to see him getting fed on a Saturday afternoon (however times and day can vary).