Anna – Green Tree Python
Birth Date: December 2, 2002
Anna is a female Green Tree Python who can be found residing in the World Bird Sanctuary’s Nature Center when she is not traveling to schools and other venues where she educates the public about the loss of habitat that has put her species on the “near threatened” list. Anna came to us from a reptile farm in Florida in 2002. She is easily the most popular snake in our Education Department, both for her serene beauty and her easy-going personality. The children love her, and frequently request her for their Birdday Party. Unlike the other reptiles in our Nature Center, when we use Anna in a program we do not uncoil her and display her full length. Green Tree Pythons are arboreal snakes, which means they spend most of their life coiled high in a tree in the jungle. Their beautiful green coloration is perfect camouflage as they patiently wait to pounce on an unsuspecting tree dwelling rodent or bird.
When you see her in the Nature Center she will almost always be coiled around the branch in her enclosure. We, therefore, display her by removing the entire branch from her enclosure. She is quite comfortable being carried around on her “special” branch while being admired by audience members.
Species: Green Tree Python
Latin Name: Morelia viridis
Description: striking green color in adults with yellow or blue spots scattered over the body; juveniles may occur in reddis, bright yellow and orange morphs;
Sex: Reproduction: oviparous, with 1-25 viable eggs per clutch; eggs incubated and protected by the female, often in the hollow of a tree; hatchlings are lemon yellow with broken stripes and spots of purple and brown, or golden or orange/red; color changes as the animal matures
Age: 12 years in the wild
Length: 3′-4′ long average; rarely to 8′
Weight: 1.75-2 lbs.
Habitat: rain forests, bushes and shrubs; prefer maximum daytime temperatures of 85 Deg. F.; minimum temperatures of 78 Deg. F. in summer to 65 Deg. F. in winter; require high humidity
Status: near threatened due to habitat destruction
Range: Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Australia
Behavior: completely arboreal; non-venomous; sedentary, spends most of it’s time coiled atop a tree branch; normal posture is to loop a coil or two over branches in a saddle position with the head placed in the middle; prey is captured by holding onto a branch using the prehensile tail and striking out from an s-shape position
Diet: small arborial mammals, rodents, birds, and sometimes reptiles;