Green tree python

At the Detroit Zoo
The green tree python can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the park. There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 180 individuals) of reptiles at the Detroit Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.


As the name suggests, this tree python is green in color, with a broken vertebral stripe that is white or dull yellow. Some also have blue, white or yellow spots. The green tree python has eight to fifteen thermosensory (heat sensitive) pits around its mouth that help it to detect infrared heat from warm-blooded prey.


Scientific name: Morelia viridis
Continent: New Guinea and Australia
Habitat: Tropical rain forests, swamps and cultivated lands
Size: 5 to 7 feet
Weight: 1.5 to 3 pounds
Diet: Birds, lizards and mammals
Reproduction: Clutch of 6 to 30 eggs that hatch 45 to 65 days later
: 25 to 30 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Least Concern



The green tree python lures its food by sitting very still on a branch and dangling its tail. Curious about the wiggling tail, the prey gets close enough for a strike.