Amazon Tree Boa

STATUSLeast Concern


DIETBirds, bats, lizards, amphibians, insects, rodents

RANGESouth America; Amazonia, Southeastern Brazil

HABITATRainforests, savannas, dry forests

Amazon Tree Boa

Physical Description

The Amazon tree boa is a more slender snake that can reach lengths of 5-7 feet. They have a wide variety of colors and patterns which can include yellow, gray, red, tan, or black.


Predators they may encounter include the Harpy eagle and saddleback tamarins.


They live an average of 15-20 years.


This is a solitary species that typically only gets together during the mating season. They are ovoviviparous, which means that the female produces eggs she carries and hatches internally and gives live birth. Their gestation will be 6-8 months with 4-14 snakes being born.

Fun Facts

  • The Amazon tree boa is a non-venomous snake but is known for being very aggressive. They will often hang from trees in an S- shape in order to strike at prey.
  • They have heat sensing pits on each side of their face that they use to sense heat when hunting at night.

Conservation Messaging

In our Reptile and Amphibian (RAD) center you will find many different reptiles and amphibians including venomous and poisonous species of snakes and frogs. Many of these animals fall victim to habitat loss in the wild. Many of the species here are

found in South American habitats which are subjected to deforestation, damming of rivers, water pollution, and poor agricultural and management practices.

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