Can You See Me Now?
The vivid emerald green coloration and disruptive pattern of spots and stripes provides camouflage for these highly arboreal snakes as they rest or move through the dense vegetation in the trees. When resting, they are virtually invisible – a useful adaptation for these patient predators.
Just Hanging Around Waiting for Dinner
The green tree python adopts a characteristic pose with one or two coils looped around a branch forming a sort of saddle with its head resting in the middle of the coils. The snake may curl its prehensile tail around the branch to serve as an anchor when it strikes out at passing prey or it may use the black tipped tail as a lure to draw prey in closer. These snakes are constrictors. They coil their body around prey and each time the victim exhales, the snake tightens the coils eventually suffocating the prey animal. The snake then swallows the prey headfirst.
Shedding My Old Skin
Snakes continue growing throughout life although the growth rate slows as the snake ages. They literally outgrow their skin and periodically the outer layer is shed and replaced. The skin is often shed as a single slough, which is peeled off inside out. The eyes are covered by transparent scales called “spectacles” which are replaced when the snake sheds.
IUCN Status – Not evaluated.
Green tree pythons are vulnerable due to their restricted range and habitat loss in these areas. They are also highly prized by reptile collectors due to their brilliant color.