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  Green Python (Morelia viridis)





Green Python | Morelia viridis photo
Green Python photographed at Pet and Animal Expo, Brisbane

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



GREEN PYTHON FACTS

Description
The Green Python has a thick body and typical python head shape. Adults are an iridescent green, but juvenile snakes are often a bright yellow colour.

Size
Up to about 1.5m

Habitat
nocturnal python that spends most of its time in trees

Food
birds and small mammals and other reptiles

Breeding
egg-layer producing up to 20 eggs in a clutch

Range
Green Pythons are found in rainforests of Papua New Guinea, a few Indonesian islands and Northern Cape York peninsula, Queensland

Notes
Non venomous, but can be aggressive and inflict painful wound



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Boidae
Genus:Morelia
Species:viridis
Common Name:Green Python

Relatives in same Genus
  Amythystine Python (M. amethistina)
  Centralian Carpet Python (M. bredli)
  Carpet Python (M. spilota)
  Jungle Carpet python (M. spilota cheynei)
  Southwestern Carpet Python (M. spilota imbricata)
  Coastal Carpet Python (M. spilota mcdowelli)
  Inland Carpet Python (M. spilota metcalfei)
  Diamond Python (M. spilota spilota)
  Northwestern Carpet Python (M. spilota variegata)