ANNA – GREEN TREE PYTHON
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Hatch Year: 2000
Arrival to WBS: 2002
Reason for Residence: hatched in captivity
Anna was acquired at a young age to join our team as an education ambassador. Upon her arrival she immediately began socialization training to help her become comfortable being handled by staff and touched by guests. Anna adjusted phenomenally well to being an education ambassador and for years was able to travel and teach people that snakes aren’t so scary but rather unique and engaging animals! Green Tree Pythons are generally known for having a somewhat grumpy temperament, however Anna seems to be the huge exception to the rule. A gentle girl, she was always incredibly patient and comfortable when out on programs and even allowed guests to touch her on a regular basis.
In her advanced age she has retired from programming simply for physical comfort’s sake, but can still be found in her custom enclosure at the Nature Center. She has always been a favorite of guests when they see her relaxing in her species signature coil, draped over a branch up high.
SPECIES: GREEN TREE PYTHON
CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN
Green tree pythons are vulnerable due to their restricted range and habitat loss in these areas. They are also highly prized by reptile collectors due to their brilliant color.
Scientific 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
Weight: 2-5 lbs.
Habitat: tropical rain forests
Range: New Guinea, various islands in Indonesia, and the northern tip of Australia (Cape York).
Behavior: Spends almost their entire lives in the trees (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
Diet: small arborial mammals, rodents, birds and sometimes reptiles
– Green Tree Pythons hunt by coiling up on a branch while letting their tail tip dangle to attract prey. When their prey item (generally small rodents or birds) get close enough they strike and then constrict their catch.
– In a phenomenon known as parallel evolution, green tree pythons looks and acts much like a South American relative, the emerald tree boa, to which it is not closely related.
– Green tree pythons may have more than 100 teeth.