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Green tree pythons are distinct amongst pythons because of their bright coloration, which almost encompasses all of the colors of the rainbow (purple being the only color not encountered yet.)  Their range is from several Indonesian islands, through Papua New Guinea, to the northern tip of Australia.

Through the many trips and importations from their natural habitats that several herpetoculturists have made their livings from, green tree pythons have shown vast and strikingly different locality color differences.  A lot of the pet trade has been based around these localities or better known as "types" because of the many discrepencies in the legitimacy of certain colorations depicting localities.

These snakes share a very unique and interesting relationship with a species of boa native only to tropical South America, the emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus.)  The emerald tree boas have the same curious way of perching on branches as the green tree pythons.  They are also entirely arboreal and both species undergo a spectacular ontongenetic change.  Although, the range in neonatal coloration seems to be more great in green tree pythons.  The babies start out yellow, orange, red, brown or near black, with all sorts of different vertebral markings, where-as the emerald tree boas start out green, orange or red and typically have the same white lightening bolt pattern, or occasionally a stripe.

Green tree pythons are very easy to care for.  They require high humidity in the form of daily mistings and a temperature of around 85-95 degrees F.  They need to be fed every seven to ten days.  They have a reputation for being extremely vicious, although, this is entirely based on the care of the animal from when it hatches.  If they are fed frozen-thawed rodents and handled somewhat frequently, they are typically very tame and can make great pets, however, they typically like their privacy, so it is probably better to keep them as display animals.
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