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Georgia Aquarium Announces New Emerald Tree Boa Exhibit

Atlanta, GA (May 18, 2009) –

Georgia Aquarium is bringing guests face-to-scales with an all new emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus) exhibit featured in the River Scout gallery, presented by Southern Company. This slithering creature will inhabit a display filled with lush rain forest greens, a waterfall and even a few amphibious friends – poisonous dart frogs and Amazon milk frogs.

“The new tree boa exhibit, part of our New Every 90 initiative, gives guests an exciting reason to come back and visit the Aquarium this summer,” explains Anthony Godfrey, president and chief operating officer of the Georgia Aquarium. “Found primarily in wet, lowland rain forests in South American countries, this animal serves as a great advocate in helping us communicate the importance of rain forest conservation around the world.”



This roughly 6-foot long creature is known for its vibrantly green body color with a white, irregular stripe and white transverse bands or splotches on its dorsal surface. Adults generally range from about 4 to 6 feet in length, but individuals in the Amazon basin can reach 9 feet long. The emerald tree boa is not venomous, but has long curved front teeth that can inflict a painful bite, making it an ambush predator.

Guests can check out this new exhibit located inside of the River Scout gallery next to the American alligator exhibit. In the River Scout gallery, visitors discover a wide diversity of animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and also right here in Georgia. Learn more about the emeral tree boa!

ABOUT THE EMERALD TREE BOA
The emerald tree boa has a large heart-shaped head, a narrow neck and a stout body that taper to a long prehensile tail. It has a yellow underbelly that contrasts sharply with its green coloring. The emerald tree boa is a carnivorous animal. Its diet consists of arboreal rodents, squirrels, monkeys, lizards, bats and sometimes birds. At night it extends its neck and head downward, waiting for prey to move within range below. It strikes quickly, grasping and holding the prey with its long, curved teeth and then drawing it up to its body. The boa then suffocates its prey by constriction. However, in its natural habitat, this nocturnal hunter may go as long as two months between meals.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. The Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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