Virgin Islands Tree boa (Epicrates monensis granti)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The adult body color is light plumbeous brown with darker blotches partially edged with black. The ventral surface is greyish-brown speckled with darker spots. This snake grows to slightly less than a meter snout-vent length.

  • States/US Territories in which the Virgin Islands Tree boa, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  Puerto Rico , Virgin Islands
  • US Counties in which the Virgin Islands Tree boa, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Virgin Islands Tree boa, Entire is known to occur:  Culebra National Wildlife Refuge
  • Countries in which the the Virgin Islands Tree boa, Entire is known to occur:  British Virgin Islands
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
10/13/1970 Southeast Region (Region 4) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
10/13/1970 35 FR 16047 16048 Appendix D - United States List of Endangered Native Fish and Wildlife; 35 FR 16047 16048
12/07/1979 44 FR 70677 Clarification of Endangered Status of Virgin Islands Tree Boa, Epicrates monensis granti
09/12/2005 70 FR 53807 53808 5-Year Review of Eight Southeastern Species
08/25/1970 35 FR 13519 13520 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (Conservation of Endangered Species and Other Fish or Wildlife)

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
03/27/1986 Virgin Islands Tree Boa Recovery Plan View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
09/12/2005 70 FR 53807 53808 5-Year Review of Eight Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/14/2009 Virgin Islands Tree Boa 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Virgin Islands Tree boa.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Virgin Islands Tree boa.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The VI boa’s habitat has been described from two forest associations: subtropical dry forest and subtropical moist forest. The Subtropical Dry Forest zone is the driest life zone found in Virgin Island, Vieques, southwestern Puerto Rico, plus all of Mona Island, Culebra Island and Desecheo. The dry forest habitat is characterized by small (<5m/ 15 ft) deciduous trees with small, coriaceous or succulent leaves and thorns, spines, and secondary defensive compounds, with high density of inter-digitating branches and vines greater than 1 cm (0.4 in) in diameter connecting adjacent tree canopies, and with a rainfall less than 750 mm (30 in) per years. Subtropical moist forest habitat is characterized by low variability in annual temperature and high levels of rainfall (>1100 mm / 43.0 in annually), forest composition dominated by semi-evergreen and evergreen deciduous tree species, and sizes up to 20 m (60 ft) tall, with rounded crown.

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