||Three years old|
||Green Tree Python|
||West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA|
is my pet Sweetie. He is a three-year-old, juvenile
green tree python that I've had since he was one month old and no
bigger than a pencil. Even though he looks pretty mean, he's very
tame and he never bites. He's really quite shy and if you insist on
playing with him too long he'll poop on you. Sweetie likes chicken!
In the wild, these pythons live in trees and snatch birds right out
of the air as they fly by. He lives with his mom and dad, four frogs,
two salamanders, two boas and two greyhounds in West Chester,
Sweetie is a juvenile, which is why he's yellow. Babies from the same
clutch of eggs are often a mix of yellow, green and brick red. They
all turn green as they get older. I think they can live for 20 years.
Green Trees are a moderately sized snake that grow to less than ten
feet. They continue growing their whole lives, but do slow up a bit
as they grow old. He lives in a large tank that replicates his rain
forest habitat. There are two small waterfalls, moss-covered wall and
floor and branches to climb on. He spends most of the time in the
"trees" and is very easy to take care of. Sweetie is good
natured, but he does have very large fangs and would deliver a
serious bite if he wanted to. Green Trees are only for experienced
snake keepers. Sweetie used to eat frozen and thawed mice until I fed
him a (frozen and thawed) baby chick. Now that's all he'll eat. They
really can be fussy eaters. Our two adopted, ex-racing greyhounds,
Snowy and Argo, ignore Sweetie and Sweetie ignores them. The tank
next to Sweetie's is the amphibian tank where live two tiger
salamanders (the largest terrestrial salamander), two White's tree
frogs (they're brown/green!) and six red-eyed tree frogs (the
loveable frogs in all the magazines with the big red eyes). These
guys all ignore Sweetie too. We never allow contact between Sweetie
and any of these different species. All the reptiles are nocturnal.
That means at night it's feeding time for Sweetie and time for the
simulated rains to fall.
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