Green Tree Python Care Sheet, Teeth, Morphs and Facts

The Morelia Viridis, which is commonly known as Green Tree Python, is a species of python that can be found in the places, including New Guinea, Cape York Peninsula in Australia, and Indonesian islands.

In the herpes culture hobby, it is known as condo because of its previous classification in the genius Chondropython.

The green tree python is definitely one of the rising stars of reptile hobby. As what their name manifests, these snakes are spending more time on trees, which serves as their habitat in the environment.

When it comes to their colors, some of them not often come in green, as there are varieties of colors you can see both in captive-bred and wild forms. The albino is the only recessive morph currently existing.

Green Tree Python Care Sheet, Cage Setup And Enclosure

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Compared to other snakes, the green tree python has some particulars, which are needed for their comfort and care. So, if you are planning to make them as your pets, and want to be with them for many more years, consider the following factors:

Compared to other snakes, the green tree python has some particulars, which are needed for their comfort and care. So, if you are planning to make them as your pets, and want to be with them for many more years, consider the following factors:

Green Tree Python’s Housing

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The adult type of green tree python can be caged in a house measuring 24” x 24” x 24”. However, if you want them to freely move, you can place them in a cage more than the mentioned dimension, as green tree python becomes more active during the night.

Ideally, you can house them in a cage measuring 36” x 24” x 24” that should be designed with higher humidity and heat needed by this type of species. On the roof, you can put some heat panels ideally to give heat to these reptiles.

There are available Pro Panel and Desert Heat Panels from the Big Apple Pet Supply and other stores, so you can purchase any of those to be installed on the roof cage of these green tree pythons. If you want a more affordable one, you can go with the Desert Heat Panels, as Pro Panel is a bit pricey yet can still work perfectly.

Often, these green tree pythons keep rested day and night. So, with this, there should be branches inside their cages, where they can rest. The branch diameters should be equated to the widest part of their body.

You can place 6” from the heat panels, depending on the size and height of your cage. This will help them, so they can have an area, where they could rest at a good temperature.

On the other hand, for the baby green tree pythons, they should be caged in a Rubbermaid tub. The neonates could go in something that is small as the shoebox while the green tree pythons that are several months old can be caged in a mid-sized tub heated by the heat mats on the sides and lids or by the heat lamps.

If you are looking for more information about how to set up a tub for baby green tree python, the site of Greg Maxwell has it for you. The site will show the complete images of the tubs, as well as the ideal setups of it.

Green Tree Python’s Cage Decoration

Cages with plants and vines are good. It will let the green tree python feel like they are living in the natural habitat. You can use live Pothos because it is a hard plant, which is good in both low lights and heat. At the same time, this plant can hold the green tree pythons well when they want to climb.

Though it requires a little care, this plant is non-toxic. Make sure to wash the leaves regularly and remove the potting soils.

Replace also the ground with clean and non-toxic soil to give a safe environment to your green tree pythons. Today, lots of plants you can buy in stores are sprayed with pesticides. The soils, as well have fertilizers. So you better watch it.

Green Tree Python’s Ideal Temperature and Humidity

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The green tree pythons are requiring warm temperatures. Most are recommending 85 degrees, but the thermal research is showing that this temperature level has a body temperature in the 90s.

Alternatively, to make it safe, you can set the temperature to 82 degrees to make them more active and can eat better. Anywhere in that range must be sufficient. The cool side temperatures will take place from 70 to 80 degrees.

For baby green tree python, the humidity should stay steadily at 80%. And the adult ones should be allowed to dry out every day around 60%.

This was accomplished by misting once per day and let the cage dried out the rest of time. Spray at night if the animals are becoming active, as they tend to drink during that time. You can provide a huge water bowl on a cool side, so they can drink anytime they like.

Substrate for the Green Tree Python

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Anything from the paper towels to regular wet towels can be used to something like the sphagnum moss or shredded cypress. Most animals perhaps love the moss, as it has natural resistance towards molds and they love crawling in there. Cypress, at the same time, are also good to use.

Feeding of Green Tree Python

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Today, lots of green tree pythons are ready to take frozen or thawed mice and rats off tongs. You can feed them after dark, which will serve as their meal time. They also eat right off the branch, so better place their foods on the ground. The baby green tree pythons would eat f/t pinkies off the small plastic tongs.

You should be vigilant not to over-feed them, as they have a slow metabolism. This means when they’re overfed, they can become obese and prolapse in some cases.

When on pinkies, the babies must be fed five to seven days. But after they transitioned to fuzzies, you can them in a weekly basis. If they reach two years of age, you can feed them every ten to fourteen days.

Make sure that the foods are well heated because these reptiles are hunting using the heat pits. One more thing, keep your fingers away at food items when feeding them.

Proper Handling of the Green Tree Python

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The green tree pythons are more of a look and they are not handle-type animals. While others are docile and seem to tolerate handling, others will bite if stressed out. These sensitive green tree pythons should not be handled that much.

Even they are more than one-year old; the green tree pythons still have fragile spines, so they need proper handling. This can be done by taking out the branches without removing them from there. The kinking of spines may happen if they are removed forcibly, particularly when they are younger.

Green Tree Python’s Sexing

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The green tree python should not go for sex in their first year and when they were over 100 grams. Due to the motion, they can damage their spines, which can lead to kinking. Don’t buy a baby green tree python that had sexed already.

Once they are already on the appropriate size and age, they can have sex with sexing probes. But this must be done by a professional with experience and idea about green tree python so injuries for your snakes can be avoided.

Green Tree Python Teeth And Bites

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Before you get yourself panic after seeing the teeth, get to know first things about the green tree pythons. Here are the images showing information about the teeth and bites of the green tree pythons.

This image shows the skull of the green tree python. Like any other snakes out there, they are also using those teeth to bite or defend themselves. As what you can see, its teeth are really sharp and frightening.

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This is how the live green tree python looks like! Once they are pressured or stressed by its environment, it has no choice but to open those sharp fangs inside that mouth. What do you think will happen if the man holding was bitten by this snakes? Was it dangerous? Continue below…

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When a green tree python strikes, they can take out that blood from your skin. Their bites are painful and their teeth can reach your muscles. This means they can create deep wounds out from those sharp teeth. But don’t worry, no matter how deep and painful that wounds can be, you are safe.

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While there is no venom existing when green tree python bites, it is still best to consult a doctor for a medical attention. Though there is nothing to worry about venomous aspects, infection of the wounds can still occur.

Green tree pythons don’t have venom. Though their bites are bit painful, they’re not dangerous to human’s health. Just treat the wounds if you were bitten. These snakes are even less dangerous compared to the average cats at home.

Facts About The Green Tree Pythons

Here are the facts about the green tree python:

  • These snakes may grow about meters long (females are slightly growing larger than males).
  • Green tree pythons have an unusual way when resting in branches. They are going round and round in coils then rest their heads in the center.
  • These snakes are commonly found in far north Queensland, New Guinea and some islands in Indonesia. They are common and they do not belong to extinct species.
  • Green tree python doesn’t just come in green, as they were born red or bright yellow. They only turn green after a year.
  • When they’re hunting for foods, they’re sitting on a branch while waiting for their prey to walk under, and then constrict with their coils. They do this before eating it whole. In some cases, there are wiggling their tails to lure their prey, which can be the same reptiles or small mammals.

The Size Of Green Tree Pythons

Usually, the hatchling snakes are measuring between eight to ten inches long. The adults’ average size is between four to six feet long. Males are slender and shorter compared to the female green tree pythons.

Emerald Tree BOA VS Green Tree PYTHON

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Though emerald tree boa and green tree python are visually similar, they belong to different types of snakes.

The one on the left picture is a green tree python and the other one on the right with large stripes is the emerald tree boa. The green tree python is a native from the rainforest of Indonesia while the emerald tree boa is from South America.

Both of them have different colors when they’re young. The big difference between the two is the method of reproduction: while the emerald tree boa bears live babies, the green tree python lays eggs.

The Habitat Of Green Tree Python

These snakes are living on bushes, rainforests, and shrubs. Unlike other animals, they are solitary and spending their years in a branch of trees. Green three python only go to the ground when it needs to move to a new place.

Green Tree Python As Pet

Green tree python can be kept as a pet. However, you should remember some considerations, as it could be different compared to other tame pets you have at home.

Green tree pythons are attractive animals for displaying purposes. You will come to understand its behavior and enjoy seeing it grow through the years, but you can treat it like other pets.

While there are few tame green tree pythons out there, mostly they don’t want to be handled and they are not used to it. Once they are stressed, they can bite quickly.

Even the tamest of them can’t be trusted because they bite. Don’t get yourself wonder if they bite you on your face, as they were triggered with warm breath to strike. Don’t bother to put them near your face.

Note: In some places in the world, it is legal to keep green tree pythons as pets. Some places restrict to do this prior to animal welfares. Before deciding to keep one, check your state law, as well as the local ordinance to see if keeping green tree pythons won’t cause you a trouble.

 

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