S&J Reptiles specializes in Green Tree Pythons (Morelia viridis) – a.k.a Chondros or GTPs. We have been working with these beautiful and highly sought after snakes since 2005. Deciding to focus our collection on this species was easy and we have not looked back since. We hope you enjoy our photos and share in our love for this beautiful species.
- GTPs originate from the mainland of New Guinea, and its barrier islands, as well as in Eastern Indonesia (Aru Islands, Salawati, Missol, Cenderrawasih Bay Islands and Papua) (Iskandar and Colijn 2001). This species can also be found in the northeast Cape York Peninsula of Australia. The GTP is often seen between sea level and 2,000m above sea level.
- Neonate (baby) GTPs are usually yellow, or red. As they mature (around 1-2 years old), their Juvenile color changes. Most individual snakes are green with small bits of blue, yellow and white. Selective breeding has brought around beautiful varieties of high blues, yellows, and whites.
"Each color is unique and stunning in its own way. Watching the color change is one of the most exciting things about owning these beautiful snakes." - Trooper Walsh, Reptiles Magazine
- Even though their name suggests that these tree dwelling “arboreal” reptiles are green they can produce an amazing variety of colors and we love them all. .
- The average life span for a GTP is 10-20 years, but with proper husbandry and low stress these animals have been known to live into their 30s.
Many of the Green Tree Pythons available today are marketed as captive bred but actually originate on Indonesian farms. These snakes appear to be healthy, but can harbor parasites and other unknown ailments that will harm them over time. You should always try to purchase your GTPs from known breeders in the “Chondro” community that have healthy, well taken care of USCBB (US Captive Bred and Born) snakes. This will assure that your new GTP has not been stressed by a long flight around the world and possibly introduced to all kinds of foreign viruses and parasites. In addition, developing a relationship with one of the many US Chondro Breeders will assure that you have a long-term resource to help guide you through the successful captive husbandry of these fascinating snakes. Our advice, buy GTPs that are “Made in the USA”
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