Green tree python

Tree python at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The most arboreal of the pythons, the green tree python (Morelia viridis) rests in a coil on a tree branch with its head hanging down, ready to strike at prey. It may also attract prey by imitating a worm as it wiggles the tip of its tail. The python has especially long front teeth to catch and grasp prey. After constricting its prey, the python swallows it whole.


  • Where to see them: Northern Australia, New Guinea and surrounding islands
  • Length: 6 to 7.8 ft
  • Venomous: Non-venomous
  • Habitat: Tropical rainforest
  • Diet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, and frogs
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