These pythons come in various shades of green with a broken yellow stripe down their back. They are often found coiled in trees with their head on top. This south Pacific area snake looks very similar to an emerald tree boa.
The green tree python may look very similar to the emerald tree boa, but these two species are a result of convergent evolution. Convergent evolution happens when animals resemble each other and have similar adaptations due to the similarity of their environments, but they are actually not closely related. The green tree python lays eggs, while the emerald tree boa gives birth to live young. Additionally, pythons are only found in the "Old World" - Africa, Asia, and Australia. Boas are found in the New World - North and South America, in addition to the Old World.
Although green as adults, when green tree pythons first hatch, they come out bright yellow or red!
They will often coil themselves on branches with their head on top, searching and waiting for prey.
Northern Australia, New Guinea, and surrounding islands
Rainforests in low or mid-level altitudes
Small mammals, birds, reptiles
Birds of prey and humans
camouflage, sharp teeth
Lay up to 30 eggs per clutch in holes in or around a tree
Up to 15 years