Green tree pytho in exhibit

Green Tree Python

Scientific Name

Morelia viridis

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Range

New Guinea and Cape York in northeastern Australia

Habitat

Forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Green tree python in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Green tree pythons are vivid green with a broken stripe of white or dull yellow running down their vertebrate. These snakes can reach up to seven feet long, but four feet is more typical. They spend their entire life in rainforest trees, often preying on rodents and birds while dangling from their roost by their strong, prehensile tail. Females typically lay six to 30 eggs per clutch.

Interesting Fact 1

Green tree pythons are constrictors, coiling their bodies tighter around their prey with each exhale. Once their prey suffocates, they swallow it whole.

Interesting Fact 2

Their coloration allows them to blend almost completely into the trees.

Interesting Fact 3

Hatchlings are typically lemon yellow or red with broken stripes and purple spots.

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