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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.

FactsEdit

  • 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