Corallus hortulanus Amazon Tree Boa
Along Rio Orosa, Loreto, PeruJanuary 17, 2013
Amazon Tree Boa (Corallus hortulanus)
These arboreal snakes are typically found at night via flashlight by their reflections and eye shine, and this drab-colored adult was no exception. A group of us were returning from an evening boat ride when we passed very close to this snake in the foliage overhanging the river. Several people noticed it and started the usual I've-just-seen-a-snake shouting (joyful), so the boat driver pulled over close to it and Matt Cage wrangled it out of the tree without it actually biting anyone, which was an impressive and/or lucky feat. We brought it back to camp for photos, and I intended to photograph it the next day, but it got released before I had a chance, so all I have is this blurry in situ shot.

As a group we saw several more tree boas, but this was the only one I saw before it was captured. Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2013 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

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