Is It Dangerous?
The Green Tree Snake is an inoffensive and harmless species of Snake. They are NOT venomous. They will bite if provoked, but due to the fact they are a rear-fanged Snake their bites rarely draw blood. One of our catchers who has been doing it for years has still NEVER been bitten by a Green Tree Snake. When they sense a threat they will however release a foul smell to try and deter attackers.
Where Would You Find It?
Green Tree Snakes are extremely common snakes which inhabit all habitats in south east Queensland bar arid regions. They frequently reside in gardens and in trees, often evading detection. Green Tree Snakes also frequently find their way into homes, then accessing small nooks and crannies to hide away. They are commonly found in sheds and garages.
How Do They Behave?
Green Tree Snakes are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. They are very active snakes, often moving from shrub to shrub with high speed. They enjoy climbing and as a result are regularly found climbing in trees where their excellent camouflage deems them incredibly hard to keep track of. When threatened, Green Tree Snakes will try to escape to places up high and if grabbed they will thrash around wildly and even head-butt.
What Does It Eat?
Green Tree Snakes mostly eat lizards, and they are built for speed in order to catch them. Green Tree Snakes will also eat fish and frogs.
How Big Do They Get?
Green Tree Snakes are very slim, slender snakes which can grow quite long but are never heavy bodied. The Snake frequently grows to 1.2m however is frequently encountered at sizes smaller than that. The largest Green Tree Snake ever recorded was a sizeable 1.96m!
How Common Are They?
Green Tree Snakes are a very common snake to run into in South East Queensland, and we probably run into them much more than we know. Green tree Snakes are the second most common species in South East Queensland, after Carpet Pythons and before Eastern Browns.
What Are Its Similar Species?
Green Tree Snakes are extremely variable in colour, and some snakes can be quite dark and are easily mistakeable for Brown or Black Snakes. At a glance they may also appear similar to Yellow-Faced Whip Snakes.
Did You Know?
- Green Tree Snakes have flashing blue flecks on their body which will flash quickly when the Snake is disturbed.
- Green Tree Snakes can have various different colour forms, some Snakes can be completely blue!
- Green Tree Snakes are also often called ‘yellowbellies’ due to their distinct yellow underside.
- Tree Snakes can flatten themselves out to appear larger to intimidate threats, not unlike Red Belly Blacks.
- Green Tree Snakes actually have a very primitive venom apparatus which is not used when biting for defence. The fangs are in the very back of the Tree Snakes mouth which means it has to partially swallow its prey to begin envenomation.
- Green Tree Snakes are highly sought after in the Australian pet trade.
- The Green Tree Snake, like the Whip Snake, has extremely large eyes which are useful for identifying and hunting prey!
A Snake Catchers Story…
‘I had a call to a youth centre at around midday, supposedly there was a snake in that was trapped in a bathroom. When I scanned the room, at first I couldn’t see the snake, until I looked in the paper towel dispenser! I saw a tiny part of tail, retrieved and pulled out a large Green Tree Snake. Only this Snake wasn’t green, it was bright blue from head to tail! It was a very cool looking little critter, and amazing to see such a rare colour morph!’