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An Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus batesii) coiled on a thin branch in the Amazon basin in Peru This boa had been found the previous night near our field station, about twenty feet up in the canopy. It was captured and held for a day so we could get better photographs, then released where it was found. Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa,Corallus batesii,Geotagged,Peru,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

An Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus batesii) coiled on a thin branch in the Amazon basin in Peru

This boa had been found the previous night near our field station, about twenty feet up in the canopy. It was captured and held for a day so we could get better photographs, then released where it was found.

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  1. Superb! And thank you for being ethical in giving transparency in the making of. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Who needs limbs!.. so beautifully balanced. Brilliant shot. Posted 3 years ago
  3. I just found out that this species was split several years ago, and the ones in this area are now considered Corallus batesii. I'll update the identification... Posted 3 years ago
  4. Blimey, you are brave to capture a boa!!!
    I would have been really scared.
    great shot.
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. It wasn't a very big snake, maybe three feet long. It was also slow-moving and seemed gentle, but while it was slowly crawling over my hands it did decide to take a bite just to put me in my place. It was just a quick nip, but drew a little blood due to its small but quite sharp teeth. Didn't hurt! Posted 3 years ago

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Emerald Tree Boas are strikingly beautiful arboreal snakes from South America. This group of boas was split in 2009 into Guyana Shield Emerald Tree Boas (Corallus caninus) and Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boas (Corallus batesii). Older references use the name Corallus caninus for all of them.

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Uploaded Mar 7, 2016. Captured Feb 6, 2016 11:06 in Unnamed Road, Mazán, Peru.
  • PENTAX K-3 II
  • f/3.2
  • 1/160s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm