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Green Tree Python Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Chondropython viridis

  • Class

    Reptiles

  • Order

    Serpentes

  • Range

    New Guinea and extreme northeastern Australia (Cape York).

  • Habitat

    Rain forest trees, bushes and shrubs.

  • Niche

    Completely arboreal. Rodents, birds and probably bats are eaten, sometimes with the snake dangling from its roost, secured by its strong, prehensile tail.

  • Life History

    These snakes spend almost their entire lives in the trees. The tree python is oviparous (egg laying), typically incubating and protecting the eggs. Hatchlings are typically lemon yellow with broken stripes and spots of purple and brown. However, red or blue young can often appear in the same clutch as the yellow. The vivid juvenile colors soon change to the adult green.

  • Special Adaptations

    These snakes employ disruptive coloration, which is an excellent camouflage and effects near invisibility.

    Strong, prehensile tail enables the snake to eat while hanging from a branch.

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