12 Days of ZooLights: Green Tree Python

A new animal each day in our 12 Days of ZooLights series. Are you as excited as we are?

By Alana Wise
|  Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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12 Days of ZooLights: Green Tree Python

Alfredo Flores

Photo Credit: Alfredo Flores

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Welcome to 12 Days of ZooLights, where we celebrate the festive lights decorating the Smithsonian's National Zoo at the holidays!

Today's Animal of the Day: Green Tree Python

Why we love the display:
Snakes get a bad rap, but the python's emerald green skin is mesmerising in person, and even more so in lights. 

Habitat: These pythons are found in New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia. 

At the Zoo: Pythons and other snakes can be found in the Reptile Discovery Center of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Bet you didn’t know... Pythons have limbs on both sides of their bodies called "spurs." Spurs on male pythons are typically larger than spurs on females and are integrated into courtship rituals.

About ZooLights: In this yearly display, more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Check out the new garden scene light sculpture.

Thanks to our partners in the 12 Days of ZooLights.

 

 


 

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