While the Green Tree Python is not considered a dangerous species (as they are non-venomous), it is still important to be safe. Should you come across one outdoors, be sure to keep your distance. If you spot a snake - back away slowly, and most importantly, never pick up or attempt to move a snake.
Sonny taking a sip!
In the wild, Green Tree Pythons can collect droplets of water on their skin when it rains. This makes a quick drink nice and easy - watch the video to check this out!
Sonny curled up
By curling up they don't look much like a snake, which can give them the element of surprise when prey are nearby.
Sonny looking around
Sonny showing off his side-profile
Sonny as a juvenile
Aka. "Noodle Jnr."
- Collection from the wild despite being illegal (Pet trade)
- Over-harvesting of certain sub-populations (Genetic diversity)
Date assessed: 12 June 2017
Morelia viridis has been assessed as Least Concern. It has a widespread distribution through New Guinea its associated offshore islands and northeast Australia. It is abundant throughout the majority of its range, inhabits a wide range of closed forest habitats, and is not thought to be declining sufficiently rapidly across its range as a whole to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is present in many protected areas in New Guinea and Australia. Despite wild harvest being illegal it is one of the more commonly traded reptile species in Indonesian New Guinea. This may not be affecting the species as a whole but the harvest of M. viridis may threaten some localized populations and in particular, those on isolated islands. Of highest concern is the subpopulation on Biak Island in Papua Province, Indonesian New Guinea.IUCN Red List