Facts about Green Tree Python. "Scientific name for Green Tree Python is Morelia viridis". The Green Tree Python is a variety of snake that belongs to the genus Morelia of Pythonidae family. The Green Tree Pythons are largely found in the islands in Indonesia, New Guinea and in Cape York Peninsula in Australia. The Green Tree Python range extends to Salawati, Misool, Schouten Islands and Aru Islands in Indonesia and also in most of the western parts of New Guinea, Florida and Papua New Guinea, as well as in neighboring islands that are at a height of 5900 feet (1800 meters) above sea level. The Green Tree Python usually prefers to live in rain-forests, shrubs, bushes and trees.
Features of Green Tree Python
The Green Tree Python has a slim body, with a body length, ranging from 4.9 feet to 5.9 feet (1.5 meters to 1.8 meters). The length of the tail of the Green Tree Python contributes 14% of its total body length. Usually, female snakes are heavier and larger than the males. The Green Tree Python body mass weight greatly counts on the food status such that male pythons have body mass ranges from 2.4 pounds (1 kg) to 3.1 pounds (1.4), whereas the female Green Tree Python have a body mass of 3.5 pounds (1.5 kg). The Green Tree Python has a big head that is clearly defined from its neck. The nose of the snake is angular and larger. Their body is triangular in cross section, with a noticeable spine. The size of the Green Tree Pythons varies according to their area of origin.
The Green Tree Python is often bred and maintained in captivity, and they are generally considered a higher variety because of their exact care requirements. Once these requirements are met, the Green Tree Python will greatly flourish in captivity. Wild-caught pythons habitually carry parasites and do not tame down at all times, so the Green Tree Python need additional care requirements. However, most of the captive-bred snakes are extremely passive.
Diet of Green Tree Python
The Green Tree Python generally feeds on small creatures, such as rodents, and occasionally reptiles and birds. The snake use to capture its prey by holding onto a tree branch, using its prehensile tail and arresting out from an S-shaped arrangement and tightening the prey.
Behavior of Green Tree Python
The Green Tree Python is chiefly arboreal, and it has a particular method of resting on tree branches. While resting, the Green Tree Pythons round a coil or two above the tree branches in the position of a saddle and put their head in the center. This habit, together with their look, causes people to perplex with other varieties of snakes in their family when observed outside their natural home.
Reproduction of Green Tree Python
The Green Tree Python is oviparous, and the female snake lays her viable eggs ranging from 1 to 25 per clutch. By no means, breeding in the Green Tree Pythons has been detailed from the wild. However, in the captive, eggs are incubated and secluded by the female snake. Hatch-lings have a lemon-yellow color body, with broken lines and have brown and purple, orange-red, or golden color spots. For the yellow-colored Green Tree Pythons, the color transform will take place over 5 to 10 days when they attain the body length between 22 7/8 inches (58 cm) and 23 5/8 inches (60 cm), which corresponds to one year old. For red-colored juveniles, the change of color in the body will not occur.
The average lifespan of the Green Tree Python ranges from 28 years to 35 years.