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Sightings arranged by: Taxonomy Location Date Scientific Name
Corallus batesii — Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa
This species was split out from the Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) by Henderson et al in 2009.
This gorgeous green arboreal boa was the highlight of this trip to Peru. It's always hard to tell how common any particular species is in Amazonia, since there is such an elaborate three-dimensional tapestry of places for animals, especially well-camouflaged animals, to hide. But MT Amazon Expeditions had been leading trips to this area for nearly thirty years and this was the first year in which an Emerald Tree Boa had been seen. (One other individual had been found on the reserve a few weeks earlier by a researcher living on the grounds.)
Eagle-eyed local guide Edvin spotted this snake coiled in a small tree about twenty feet up. All of us guests took plenty of photos of the boa in its original position before it was captured and detained so we could take even more photos the next day.
My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2016 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest