Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python

Check out Australia Zoo’s Green Tree Python!

The gorgeous green tree python is one of many incredible reptile species that call Australia Zoo home. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with these tree-dwelling beauties! They can be spotted all day long in our Reptile House or out and about with our Wandering Wildlife Team.

 

Two Green Pythons wrapped around the same branch hanging in a tree.

 

Found throughout the eastern rainforests of Cape York in Australia and Papua New Guinea, these emerald-green reptiles are the definition of beautiful! Their green and yellow colours makes them perfectly suited to life spent camouflaged in the rainforest trees.

 

Green Python wrapped around a branch with the head peeping out.

 

Green tree pythons are non-venomous, so to subdue their prey, they have a couple of very unique and highly successful hunting techniques. The tip of their tail is a different colour from the rest of their body and they use this as lure to bring their prey directly within their strike range. Crikey! Using their long, sharp, recurved teeth, they will grab hold of their prey, constrict it and then consume it whole. They are known to lie in wait, perching just above the ground and ambush ground-dwelling rodents from above.

 

Green Python wrapped around a branch with head looking left.

 

During a green tree python’s juvenile years, they are vibrant yellow or red in colouration, helping them blend in with coloured leaves and fruit while they are small.  As they mature and develop, they change to a vibrant green, becoming the masters of camouflage amongst the tree canopy! Their main threat then becomes habitat destruction.  Currently found in a very small pocket of the world, we need to be sure to look after them so as they are here for generations to come. Woo-hoo!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Morelia

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    viridis

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    1.5 - 1.8 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    1 - 1.4 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    50 - 55 days