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Care Sheet

Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)

Common names: Green Tree Python or Chondro

Size: 1.2-1.8m is average. However exceptionally large specimens can exceed 210cm.

Age: 20-30 years is average.

Difficulty: High. Green Tree Pythons are very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity; incorrect conditions can lead to a number of health problems. They can also be very fussy feeders, with peculiar feeding habits.

Temperature: Ambient of 80-85°F (26-30°C) with a hot spot of 88-95°F (31-25°C).

Humidity: High. This species should be sprayed daily. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 90x60x60 (3ft) is perfectly adequate for an adult Green Tree Python. This species spends much of its time perched so will require horizontal perching a similar thickness to its body at the thickest part. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Green Tree Pythons.

Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Orchid bark is a widely used medium for keeping Green Tree Pythons on. However eco earth and hydroleca can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted mice.

Natural Distribution: Papua New Guinea, surrounding Islands and North Australia.

Things to note: Green Tree Pythons can make incredibly rewarding captives when given the correct set up, time and care. However it should be noted that Green Tree Pythons are more difficult to keep than most other commonly kept snake species.