Green Tree Python
Area: New Guinea and extreme northeastern Australia
Habitat: Rain forest trees
Food: Small mammals, rodents, in some cases reptiles
Size: 6 feet long, 2.4 to 3.1 lb
Babies: Hatchlings are typically lemon yellow with broken stripes and spots of purple and brown.
Endangered due to deforestation.
Completely arboreal. Rodents, birds and probably bats are eaten, sometimes with the snake dangling from its roost, secured by its strong, prehensile tail.
These snakes spend almost their entire lives in the trees. The tree python is oviparous (egg laying), typically incubating and protecting the eggs. Hatchlings are typically lemon yellow with broken stripes and spots of purple and brown. However, red or blue young can often appear in the same clutch as the yellow. The vivid juvenile colors soon change to the adult green.
These snakes employ disruptive coloration, which is an excellent camouflage and effects near invisibility.
Strong, prehensile tail enables the snake to eat while hanging from a branch.