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Green python

green python (Morelia viridis)
Iron range National Park, Queensland
Photo © Nick Stock
Morelia viridis - (Schlegel, 1872)
Pronunciation  more-AY-lee-ah   vir-ID-iss
Etymology  Morelia: unknown, but possibly after the town in Mexico.
viridis: 'green', for obvious reasons.
Other names  Green tree python
Chondropython viridis 
Total length
Species avg: 120 cm
Species max: 200 cm
Clutch size
Average: 12
Range: 11 - 26
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Brilliant green as adults, but hatchlings are yellow until they reach about 55cm in length at about 1 year of age.1

Similar species

Taxonomic notes

There appears to be two distinct genetic populations: southern New Guinea and Australia; and northern New Guinea.2

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   50 to 75
Ventrals   225 to 260 with a single anal scale
Subcaudals   90 to 110 and are single
Other scale information  
Danger rating   Non-venomous. Not considered dangerous, but can still bite.
Note: even a bite from a 'virtually harmless' or non-venomous reptile can result in serious complications. Play it safe and don't get bitten by anything.
Notes and disclaimer
This information may not be complete. While all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this page, primary sources should always be consulted for definitive information. Animals have an endearing habit of disobeying the rules, so the information on this page should be interpreted with a degree of flexibility.
The author and site operator accepts no responsibility for any losses or damages incurred through using this web site or the information contained herein. Don't get bitten by anything!
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