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Posted by Brandon Osborne on December 17, 2002 at 16:41:06:
In Reply to: question (hopefully not too dumb) posted by plopflop on December 17, 2002 at 14:13:12:
:what is the difference between a green tree python and an emerald tree boa they look the same (i know the obvious python/boa) but in needs and disposition i currently own a ball pyton garter snake and a king snake and i want another soo im trying to see if one of these hot snakes is for me
At a glance to non-keepers, these snakes look similar, but to the experienced, they are each in their own class.
Emerald tree boas:
Come from South America
Generally have aggressive attitudes.
Have very large teeth.
Have large plate-like scales on the top of the head.
Are live bearers.
Attain sizes of 4-6' Amazon Basin forms 6-9' and heavier bodied.
Generally light to very dark green with white markings down the spine. Some animals with dark gray markings, patternless, or overall very dark, almost black, greenish color.
Amazons are rich green with snow white dorsal striping.
Price ranges from $200 for w.c. to $350-600 for c.b
Prices for amazons between $1500-3000 w.c. or c.b.
Problems with regurgitation are common.
Islands of Papua New Guinea and Cape York Australia
Personality is very variable, with some adults biting anything that moves, to some that will tolerate any handling at any time.
Have large teeth, but not to the extent of ETB.
Have small scales on the head.
Attain adult sizes of 4-6'.
Color is extremely variable. Light to dark green, with blue, yellow, and white markings. Some develope black speckling. Some bloodlines are known to produce solid yellow adults and solid blue adults.
Prices range from $175-400 for w.c. $350-5000 for c.b. (juvinile prices)
Usually only problems with prolapse cloaca occur.
IMO, chondros are much more eye pleasing, with many more colors and locales to choose from. Don't plan on getting one, because they are addictive.