Corallus cookii

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Corallus cookii
Cooks Tree Boa, Caroni Swamp Trinidad.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Boidae
Genus: Corallus
C. cookii
Binomial name
Corallus cookii
Gray, 1842
  • Corallus Cookii
    Gray, 1842
  • Corallus hortulanus Melanea
    Gray, 1849
  • Corallus cookii
    Boulenger, 1893
  • Boa cooki
    Ihering, 1911
  • Boa cooki
    Griffin, 1916
  • Boa enydris cookii
    Stull, 1935
  • Boa cookii
    — Stull, 1935
  • Corallus enydris cookii
    Forcart, 1951
  • Corallus hortulanus cookii
    Roze, 1966
  • Corallus hortulanus cooki
    Stafford & Henderson, 1996
  • Corallus cooki
    — Henderson, 1997
Common names: Cook's tree boa,[2] Cooke's tree boa.[3]

Corallus cookii is a species of nonvenomous snake in the family Boidae. The species is endemic to the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. There are no recognized subspecies.[2]


The specific name, cookii, is in honor of English artist and naturalist Edward William Cooke.[3]


C. cookii is similar to C. hortulanus and C. grenadensis, only smaller, with adults reaching a total length (including tail) of 5 feet (152 cm), and being mainly gray or brown in color. Not more than a few specimens exist in captivity.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

Endemic to the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean, C. cookii is known only from a few locations on the island. The type locality given is "West Indies", which was restricted to "St. Vincent" by Henderson (1997).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b "Corallus cookii ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Corallus cookii, p. 58).
  4. ^ Stafford PJ, Henderson RW (1996). Kaleidoscopic Tree Boas: The Genus Corallus of Tropical America. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company. 120 pp. ISBN 0-89464-975-2.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE (1842). "Synopsis of the species of prehensile-tailed Snakes, or family Boidæ". Zoological Miscellany, London 2: 41-46. (Corallus cookii, new species, p. 42).
  • Henderson RW (1997). "A Taxonomic Review of the Corallus hortulanus Complex of Neotropical Tree Boas". Carib. J. Sci. 33 (3-4): 198-221.
  • Schwartz A, Thomas R (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Corallus enydris cooki, p. 181).

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