Green Tree Python

This gorgeous snake is native to New Guinea, parts of Indonesia, and Australia. As its name suggests, the green tree python (Morelia viridis, also Chondropython viridis prior to 1993) is a bright green snake which lives in trees. It hunts small mammals and reptiles.

Being tree-dwelling, they have a characteristic resting pose, wherein they drape a couple coils of themselves, saddle-fashion, over a branch and tuck their head in the middle.

Green tree pythons can grow to be about 6 feet (2m) long, with females slightly heavier than males. The bright colors of the adults (and the young, which start out brilliant lemon-yellow or bright red) make these a popular pet among reptile enthusiasts, and of course this has led to an unfortunate trade in wild-caught animals.

Despite the trade, the green tree python is listed as a species of least concern on the IUCN list of endangered species.

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