The Ultimate Green Tree Python Care Guide

 The Ultimate Green Tree Python Care Guide

What Do I Need To Take Care Of A Green Tree Python?


Green tree pythons are beautiful snakes that are rising in popularity. With the right enclosure and living conditions, these animals can live up to be 20 years old. 



Green tree pythons grow to be about four to six feet in length. They are also arboreal snakes, which means that they thrive in trees. In order to accommodate a snake this size, you will need to get a well ventilated terrarium. A full grown snake will need a cage that is three feet tall and two feet wide. To make feedings easier, you can get a terrarium that also opens from the front instead of the top. 


Since they are arboreal, you will need to place a few perches in the tank. Fake bamboo or sturdy branches are perfect for your snake. They need to perch close to their basking spot and a couple away from the heat. 


One of the best parts about getting a green tree python is decorating the enclosure. You can use real or fake plants the brighten up the tank. This will give them a place to hide as well. Making the terrarium feel like it’s part of a tree will make your python happy. 



Green tree pythons do not need a UVA/UVB bulb. They only need a ceramic heat bulb. LED lighting is safe to use to make the tank look more aesthetically pleasing.


The ceramic heat bulb will need to be placed nearby a perch and above the cage to prevent burns. The temperature of the tank needs to be between 82-88 degrees Fahrenheit near the basking spot and no less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit away from the basking spot. 


The lights need to be on for 10-12 hours to mimic the amount of sunlight they will get each day. You can hook the lights up to a timer as well. Use a thermometer to keep track of the tank temperature too.



Green tree pythons only need to eat small rodents. Baby or juvenile tree pythons need to eat small mice once a week. As they grow, they can start to eat larger rodents. Adults will eat a large mouse or medium rat once every two weeks. 
Stores will provide live or frozen rodents. It is completely up to you whether you want to do live feedings or give your snake a thawed rodent. Both options will be great for your snake. 


The humidity levels in a green tree python enclosure need to be around 50%-70%. They are originally from tropical environments that have a lot of rainfall.
To achieve this amount of humidity, they will need to be lightly misted with water once or twice a day. The cage should not be soaking wet all the time. If you notice that the tank is always wet, cut back to once a day. 
Proper humidity will help with shedding. If the humidity is too low, your snake will not shed in one piece. 
Leave a small bowl of drinking water available as well to keep your snake hydrated. They may even try to lay in the bowl to cool off. 
Having the right substrate will also keep the tank humidity. A popular substrate to use are paper towels because they are easy to replace. 



Green tree pythons are usually considered aggressive. They prefer being left alone on their perch and do not want to be handled often. Many people can still have a good bond between their snake and hold them. This comes from a lot of handling from a very young age. 


Most green tree pythons will not want to be held and people usually buy them as a display animal. They are not venomous, but they have very sharp teeth that will hurt a lot if they strike you. 


Green tree pythons should be for experienced snake owners. When cleaning out their cage, try and keep them on their perch when removing them.  


Green tree pythons are also known to be little escape artists. They will look for any holes or spaces to try and escape from. Make sure the lid on the terrarium is on tight and keep a lock on the doors. There are tanks that have a little space where you can keep a coded lock to prevent anyone from getting in and anything from getting out. It is not required, but it is good if you have small children around. 

Wrapping Up


Green tree pythons are easy to care for and only need to be fed twice a month when they are fully grown. Their cages do not need to be very big and they require little handling. Their temperaments can be aggressive, but they are beautiful display animals. A light misting once a day will be enough to keep them happy and hydrated. 

Jade Messieh

Proud bearded dragon, tortoise, crested gecko, and green tree python mom. I've always been passionate about animals and hope to help other reptile & amphibian enthusiasts along their journey!

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