Green tree python

Green tree pythons have diamond shaped heads with irregular scales and are named for their vibrant green color. These snakes rest coiled up, hanging horizontally on branches.

Fast Facts

  • They dangle their tails to lure curious prey, and then hold onto the branch with their tail when they strike.
  • Green tree pythons prefer tropical rainforests with thick vegetation and high humidity.
  • They regulate the incubation temperature by wrapping around their eggs and using muscular shivers to produce heat.

Scientific name

Morelia viridis
Range  Australia and New Guinea
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium


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