Chondropython viridis

Range: New Guinea and northeastern Australia (Cape York).

Habitat: Rainforest, bushes, and shrubs

Conservation status: Near threatened due to habitat destruction

Green Tree Python

  • • Adults are mainly green; juveniles are yellow, orange, brownish, or reddish with white or dull yellow scales arranged in a pattern particularly along the spinal column. Red or blue young can often appear in the same clutch as the yellow. The vivid juvenile colors soon change to the adult green.
    • Average length is about 4 feet (have been known to reach 7 feet,); males tend to be longer than females
    • Solitary, Mainly Arboreal, Nocturnal (except juveniles may be diurnal, preying on smaller ground-dwelling animals
    • Prey: rodents, birds, bats, or other small animals. Usually lie in wait for prey, coiled on branches. May lure prey by dangling its tail and wiggling it until the prey gets close enough to strike. Sometimes forage on the ground.
    • Predators: birds of prey
    • Have many rows of sharp teeth, averaging one hundred per snake.
    • Oviparous (egg laying), and typically the female coils around the eggs (from 6-30), generating the necessary heat for incubation by “shivering.” Incubation is from 45-52 days. Hatchlings are about one foot long.
    • Widely bred in captivity.
    • Excellent example of parallel evolution. It looks and acts much like a South American Emerald Tree Boa. Though the resemblance in appearance and behavior is strong, there are significant differences as well. An example would be that the boa bears live young, whereas like all other python species, C. viridis is oviparous.

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