Easy Being Green

January 30, 2002|By THE BALTIMORE ZOO

Many animals use camouflage to hide from predators. The green tree python hides in the forest by blending in with the leaves. 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. These snakes will grow to six feet long, coiling around tree branches in New Guinea and Northeast Australia where they live, ready to surprise their prey.

what's for DINNER?

Insects, fish and rodents.

do you KNOW?

Snakes live all over the world, except in Iceland, New Zealand, the North and South poles, and one European country. What country is it?

Answer: Ireland.

learn MORE!

Visit the green tree python at the Reptile House at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read Verdi by Janell Cannon.

WILD FACTS

1. Snake skin is dry, not slimy.

2. The jaws of a snake can unhinge so they can swallow their prey headfirst, and whole! After eating, the snake will "yawn" to work his jaws back to normal.

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