Green Tree Python
Locale: Papua & Irian Jaya, New Guinea, & Cape York Peninsula of Australia
Habitat: Highly arboreal, humid rainforest, from sea level to 6000ft
Average Size: 4 – 6’
Average Lifespan: Maybe >12 years
Captive Care: 20 gal long aquarium (or larger) on end so lots of height, side-tank heating; custom cage with front opening door preferred (~18" x 18" x 24"H); humid forest terrarium with water for soaking, many horizontal and diagonal branches to coil on. Places to hide both on the ground and perches on branches. Mist animal daily.
Diet: Mice, rats chicks; hatchlings may need tease-feeding. In wild, eats small mammals and birds.
Temperature: Gradient of night time low of 70˚F (21˚C) to day time high of 90˚F (31˚C).
Temperament: Can be nippy, some are high strung and irascible, some will tame nicely with regular gently handling, but be prepared to be bitten if handle hatchlings with bare hands.
- Require high humidity and misting so will drink.
- Typically rests coiled on branch like cinnamon bun.
- Spine easily damaged if removed from branch roughly.
- Hatchlings can be problem feeders, scenting mice with bird feathers may help with problem feeders.
- Hatchlings start out either bright yellow or brick red.
- Color change can occur within few weeks once started.
- Not a beginner’s snake.
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Photo: Neal Cropper
Compiled by Eileen Underwood. Updated 9/2016.