Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Spring Valley, Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 20, 2009
First let me start by saying this snake is one of nature's true gems. They are gorgeous and it is no surprise why so many people are attracted to them. However, they are known to be snappy and are more of a display snake. This doesn't mean they can't be handled - my young female is very good once awake and off her perch. They are a bit harder to care for than most commonly kept snakes.
Green tree pythons start out a beautiful red or yellow color, and gradually change to their adult color which is usually green with flecks of yellow, blue, or white. These snakes are arboreal and are pretty motionless in the cage. They like to sit on a perch pretty much all day long. Since they are usually up on their perch, you can see them almost 100% of the time if you look into the cage.
This snake is definitely not a beginner snake. They require high humidity and lower temps than most pythons. If the right humidity is not met, they may not feed, they will have problems shedding, and they could even end up with serious respiratory illness. I only recommend these to people who have previous snake experience and are very serious about keeping on top of all of the animal's requirements. I wouldn't say they are hard to care for, but you must do research and prior snake experience is a huge help to that.
Feeding these snakes is usually pretty easy, but sometimes young can be tough starters. Adults usually do fine but some may go off feed if the slightest change in their surroundings happens. Breeding is very difficult when it comes to this animal - not so much the breeding itself, but hatching the eggs and successfully rearing the offspring. Luckily my young female has never skipped a meal the entire time I've had her - since she was a tiny 1 month 13.5 gram neonate!
This snake is only available through breeders and importers, and rarely if ever seen in regular pet stores. They can cost anywhere from $250-5,000+ depending on bloodline and type. Some localities, such as the Sorong or Aru are known to be more docile than say the Biak.
I had a decent experience with my first GTP, but I didn't mind that she was a biter. I'm pretty sure she was an import. My 2nd experience with a GTP came early 2011 when I bought a 1 month old captive bred baby from a breeder at a local reptile show. She has been an absolute dream! She is now over a year old and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences to watch her grow and go through ontogenesis. She is a breeze to handle once out of the cage and has never skipped a meal or had any health issues. I wouldn't recommend such a young baby for everyone, but would always recommend a CB GTP over WC, LTC or "farm bred" any day. Spend the extra money on a nice healthy CB baby from a reputable breeder, it will save you a lot of heartache and money at the vet.
If you want a nice display animal and you are willing to take extra care, this is a good snake for you.