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Illustration by Natalya Zahn



Emerald Tree Boas

Emerald tree boas can grow as long as 8 feet (2.4 meters)! They live in tropical rain forests, where they coil up on tree branches. They kill their prey by squeezing it to death; then they open their jaws wide to swallow the prey whole (lower left). These boas are covered in bright green scales with white or yellow blotches (lower right).

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