Green Tree Python
Come our stunning snake from the Cape York peninsula the Green Tree Python. He loves spending his time resting on a tree branch do you think you could spot him?
The aptly named Green Tree Python lives in the hot, humid conditions of northern Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The vivid green scales for which it is named help to camouflage them amongst the lush foliage of their rainforest habitat.
Often found looped over a tree branch in a tight coil, they rest their wedge-shaped head right in the middle. A nocturnal species, they shelter in tree hollows by day, feeding upon small mammals and birds by night. To help them find prey in the dark, Green Tree Python's have heat-sensitive organs called thermosensory pits located on their lower lip.
Reaching a maximum length of six feet, the Green Tree Python starts life yellow (in Australia) and brick-red (in Papua New Guinea), changing to their striking green colour over a period of weeks as they mature.