Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced
***These care sheets assume that you understand the basics of snake care & husbandry.
If you are a new snake owner, it is recommended that you read our articles on general reptile care and then fine tune the requirements for the specific species you are interested in.
The green tree python inhabits rainforests in Northern Australia; Indonesia, including West Papua; Papua New Guinea, and surrounding islands in those regions. These areas receive a large amount of rainfall for much of the year and maintain a high humidity.
Green tree pythons are found climbing high in trees, but also inhabit lower plants and bushes, and can be occasionally seen on the ground.
This species is carnivorous and feeds on rodents, although many enjoy chicks. Feed a rodent that is big around as the snake’s girth an average of once a week, but monitor weight—as your green tree python reaches adulthood, you may feed less frequently to avoid obesity. These snakes have a relatively slow metabolism, and many do not exercise.
This species does best feeding at night. They have a strong feeding response, and attack prey by ambushing them from trees (and sometimes from the ground!) Therefore it is very useful to establish a consistent feeding schedule.
Green tree pythons have a particularly bad reputation for being an “aggressive” species. However, much of this comes down to the animal’s background, feeding routine (see above) and handling habits.
Green tree pythons perch, which can present a unique challenge to the new arboreal keeper. If deperched rapidly, even the gentlest green tree python will often dart forward or flail to try and break a fall. This can be startling for the would-be handler as well.
It is strongly recommended to use perches that can be removed easily and deperch the animal slowly and gently.