Zoo Zone

March 15, 2000

It's easy being green

Many animals use camouflage to hide from predators. The green tree python hides in the forest by blending in with the leaves.

What's for dinner

Snakes eat insects, reptiles, fish, eggs, birds, and rodents. Some snakes can eat animals as large as a wild boar or a deer. Green tree pythons eat birds and lizards in the wild.

Only eight inches long and red or yellow when they hatch, green tree pythons shed their skin as they grow to reveal bright green skin. The snakes will grow to six feet long, coiling around tree branches in New Guinea and Northeast Australia where they live.

True or false?

All snakes lay eggs.

False! Boas are born alive, while other snakes, including the green tree python, hatch from eggs.

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