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This beautiful snake lives almost entirely in the trees. It is well-camouflaged, with green skin striped with white or yellow. This protective coloration allows the snake to get near its prey without being seen, and also helps to conceal it from predators like the Harpy eagle.

The boa’s common hunting strategy is to remain quiet and inconspicuous in the trees as it waits for potential victims to come close; it then strikes out and grabs or drops on the prey animal. Boas are non-poisonous constrictors that kill the prey by squeezing and suffocating. The boa’s diet usually consists of small birds, but it also kills small rodents, such as mice or young agoutis, lizards, other snakes, etc.