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Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/34 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 10:09
Viewed: 6506
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Class: Reptilia
Genus: Morelia
Species: viridis

The adult green tree python is usually bright emerald green dorsally with a series of white or yellow scales along the vertebral line and a few scattered white scales on the sides. A series of short, light blue bars extends out from the vertebral line. The belly is cream to light yellow. Live adults who are blue in color dorsally are known to occur.
They can reach lengths of up to seven feet.
In the wild: tree lizards, birds, small tree-dwelling animals ground dwelling animals
At the Zoo: mice
Geographic Range:
They are found on Cape York Peninsula in Australia, New Guinea, and many small islands surrounding New Guinea.
They are most often found on arboreal perches in the tropical rainforest.
Females lay their eggs on the ground. One clutch consists of 6-30 eggs. The female wraps her body around them and “shivers” to keep them warm. After an incubation period lasting from 39-65 days, depending on temperature, the eggs hatch. Within a short time of hatching, the young move into the trees. They are yellow in color and will not turn green for 6-8 months.
Special Adaptations:
Pythons have heat receptors near the mouth that allow them to locate their prey by body heat. Green tree pythons have a prehensile tail that allows them to grip branches. By wiggling their tail, they can lure curious prey.
They are arboreal (tree dwelling) and ground forage during the night and sleep during the day. Vision is limited; snakes respond to movement of prey. The pupil can expand to allow for vision at night. When the snake sticks out its tongue, it picks up scent particles in the air. The scent particle are then brought back into the mouth and put into the Jacobson’s Organ where the particles are “analyzed” and the snake figures out what the scent is from. When the green python rests, it loops itself saddle-fashion over a branch, anchoring itself with its prehensile tail and cradles its head in the middle of its comfortably drape coils.
Current Status:
The green tree python is endangered in its native countries due to habitat destruction, being poached for its skin, and hunted for food. It is kept as a pet in other countries.
Related Species:
The green tree python is related to the carpet pythons, but looks very similar to the South American emerald tree boa (Corallus canius).

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Hi Heinz
Perfect shot.Good sharoness and POV.
Well done.


Very powerful shot, Heinz. Is it coiled around the branch of a tree? The plain BG suggests it could be.
A remarkable close-up shot of the reptile with very fine details and vibrant green colour.

Hello Heinz, amazing shot!
Really detailed and colorfull.
Usefull notes.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-05 12:41]

Hi Heinz,

I hope that this python was behind glass when you took this shot,well captured with vivid colors,TFS


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-05 14:48]

Me gustan los detalles de las escamas de esta maravillosa pitón Heinz.
Su colorido es realmente muy bonito, bien capturados y con un POV muy agradable.
El fondo limpio, resalta la silueta del ofidio.
El reflejo sobre el costado es de las luces del serpentario?
Buena presentación.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

I like details of the flakes of this wonderful python Heinz.
Their coloring is really very beautiful, well captured and with a very pleasant POV.
The clean bottom, stands out the silhouette of the ophidian one.
Is the reflection on the side of the lights of the serpentarium?
Good presentation.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-05 15:19]

Hi Heinz, you must have seen this in a zoo. What a green beauty he is! He's not overly sharp, but we can still see all his patterns. Well done,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-06 1:37]

Hello Heinz,
Snake are not my friends, but you shot is impressive and beautiful. Exposure, colors, sharpness, DOF and BG are excellent. Useful note too...
Well seen and well done, my friend.

Hi Heinz,
A very nice shot on this Green Tree Python. Well composed and framed. The colors and detail look good. The texture of the skin is well defined and shown here. Nice shot!

Hello Heinz,
Great work, I like it.
Very good light, sharpness, detail, color, BG, and POV.
Dramatic composition that works very well :)
Nicely done & have a Great Weekend!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-06 13:03]

Bonjour Heinz, excellent shot and perfect sharpness and colors. I like this green color and the small head !! Well done, didier.

Hallo Heinz,
Deine "pars pro toto" Entscheidung des knapp gewählten Ausschnitts gefällt mir sehr. Ebenso die delikaten Nuancen von Grün, und der sehr raffinierte Farbkontrast gegen des neutralgrauen Hintergrund.
Die Schlange hängt in typischer Haltung herab von einem Ast, ohne dass der Ast zu sehen ist - raffiniert und gekonnt!
Ein wenig Nachschärfung des Kopfbereischs könnte dieser Webpräsentation vielleicht noch den letzten Schliff verpassen, aber auch so: ein ungewöhnlicher und sehr gelungener Beitrag.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen.

Salaam Heinz
Very nice shot and colours - 10/10
-- SADEGH --

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