Cobra-papagaio

Cobra-papagaio (Corallus caninus) is a non-venomous Boa species found in the rain forests of the Amazon. Also known as Periquitambóia which comes from Periquito (parakeet) + Mboya (snake) Tupi name. Found in South America in the Amazon region.

Adults grow to about 6 feet (1.8 m) in length. They have highly developed front teeth that are likely proportionately larger than those of any other non-venomous snake. The colour pattern typically consists of an emerald green ground color with a white irregular interrupted zigzag stripe or so-called ‘lightning bolts’ down the back and a yellow belly.  The diet consists primarily of small mammals, but they have been known to eat some smaller bird species as well as lizards and frogs. Due to the extremely slow metabolism of this species, it feeds much less often than ground dwelling species and meals may be several months apart.