Green Tree Snake

Dendrelaphis punctulata

Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata) Green Tree Snake, Dendrelaphis punctulata, note the pale blue flecks between the body scales. Dendrelaphis punctulata distribution


The Green Tree Snake is usually green but may also be black, blue or yellow.  Pale blue flecks can often be seen between the body scales.  South-eastern Queensland specimens are typically green with bright yellow throats.  This species grows to 2m.  Midbody scale rows 13 (rarely 15); ventrals 180–230, with distinctive ridge near each outer edge; anal divided; subcaudals divided 100–150.  Individuals are susceptible to larvae of parasitic tapeworms which can often be seen as conspicuous lumps beneath the skin.


Found in coastal and sub-coastal northern and eastern Australia. 


A common species that lives in open forests, rainforests, rural lands and suburban gardens.


This snake is active by day and is, as the name suggests, arboreal.




Feeds on frogs, fish and small reptiles.


3-16 eggs are laid.  The hatchling snakes are around 24 cm from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail (snout-vent length).

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