Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Chondro Python
Scientific name: Morelia viridis or Chondropython viridis
Northern Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia
Appearance / health:
Averaging 4 to 6 feet in length, the Green Tree Python is usually bright green, with color variations occurring in yellow, orange, burgundy, and even blue. Juveniles often come out with dark colors like maroon and chocolate brown but quickly turn green as they mature. The body is laterally compressed, with irregular white (or faint yellow) spots or stripes along the vertebral line and sometimes scattered all over the body.
Behavior / temperament:
Green Tree Pythons are strictly arboreal, very seldom seen on the ground. They are active from dusk to dawn. They are unpredictable and temperamental, sometimes quiet and peaceful, at other times snappy and aggressive. They are easily stressed and threatened and quick to strike, with teeth that leave a painful and nasty bite.
Completely arboreal, Green Tree Pythons are ideally housed in tall rainforest terrariums equipped with stable horizontal branches for climbing, resting, and breeding. A large water or bathing dish will help maintain good humidity and a chance for the snake to soak as desired. Day temp: 77-86F; night temp: 68-77F; basking temp: 95F; humidity 70-80%; lighting: 12 hrs.
Green Tree Pythons are best kept singly, in pairs, or in groups with one male or all females. Because of its unpredictable temperament, Green Tree Pythons are considered display snakes that are gently handled only with a snake hook.
Green Tree Pythons are known finicky eaters that appreciate small mammals such as mice, rats, and gerbils. Small lizards and frogs are also accepted. They prefer live, actively moving prey and will tend to ignore dead or placid animals.
Breeding is induced by changes in temperature, humidity and light exposure. A breeding female will choose a stable corner of a big branch or a nesting box, if provided, to lay and incubate her eggs, usually 10 to 20 in number. Incubation lasts for about 2 months, requiring strict temperature ranges at different stages for successful hatching.
display animal, jungle jewels, nice display animal, experienced keepers, beautiful emerald green
daily misting, picky eaters, respiratory infections, higher price tag, arboreal caging, poor temperaments
harbor organisms, blue morph, substrate ingestion, cage cage territorial, basking area
Green Tree Pythons: Arboreal Beauties with an Attitude
From my experience with green tree pythons, I've come to a few conclusions:
1.) Green tree pythons are some of the most strikingly colored snakes out there. Babies are brilliant yellow or red, and adults are deep green and sometimes even blue.
2.) These snakes love to be in naturalistic enclosures which makes them an excellent display animal.
3.) Green tree pythons have a tendency to perch right out in the open, so it's very easy to observe them.
1.) These snakes tend to be very difficult to acclimate to handling and tend to bite as a result.
2.) Green tree pythons can be finicky eaters, especially as babies. Expect to spend many hours tease-feeding babies.
3.) These snakes generally will not drink from a water dish and need to be sprayed multiple times a day as a result. They are very susceptible to dehydration as well.
So in conclusion, a green tree python might be right for you if you're interested in a colorful display snake with somewhat demanding care..
From Ryan Bing Jan 5 2015 5:27PM
Monty was a great snake the first few years we owned him. He was easy to handle, easy to maintain, and we got along great. He was a very good looking snake and good temperament. He eventually became aggressive and was no longer an animal I wanted around me. I gave him to a friend with better knowledge of snakes, and he has had fewer issues since moving, so it was likely something I was doing wrong..
From readited Oct 3 2014 10:47AM