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COMMON TREE SNAKE
or

GREEN, GOLDEN & BLUE TREE SNAKE'S
(Dendrelaphis punctulatus) (= punctulata)
Grows to around 1.6m (5ft)

COMMON TREE SNAKE Dendrelaphis punctalata (or D. punctulatus)
The Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) above was found in Worongary on the Gold Coast Qld.
Notice how it is flattening its neck vertically to make itself look larger. Also look at the colour of the skin which is exposed between the scales

Approximate distribution of the common Common Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus map
Approximate distribution of the common Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus)
Note that record of this species from New Guinea are unreliable and may be (Dendrelaphis macrops)


This adult Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) was photographed on the side of the walking track to Kondalilla Falls in Qld.
The group of people in front of us walked straight past the snake without seeing it, and the snake didn't seem concerned at all that we were photographing it.

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) Kondalilla Falls, Queensland

COMMON TREE SNAKE Dendrelaphis punctalata (or D. punctulatus)
Sub-Adult Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) from Boondall Wetlands Brisbane


COMMON TREE SNAKE Dendrelaphis punctulata 
A close-up of the head of a Golden Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) from Darwin.


COMMON TREE SNAKE Dendrelaphis punctalata (or D. punctulatus)
A juvenile Golden Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) from Darwin.

COMMON TREE SNAKE Dendrelaphis punctalata (or D. punctulatus)
A Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) from Queensland.
This species is commonly encountered and very variable in colour.
Wild snakes may emit a pungent smell when handled.


This yellow Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) looking directly at the camera was photographed at Mango Hill in Southeast Queensland

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
This photo and the one below show is how I found a Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) in the Brisbane area
- the snake was totally motionless and I was not sure whether it was alive!

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
The snake above was checked and appeared to be alright,.... it was released immediately in the same spot and photographed again below.

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus)


Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) at the Canberra Reptile Zoo

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus

Green Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
The Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) in the 2 photos above was a road-kill found in Kurangai Chase National Park, NSW Notice the unusual shape and of the ventral (belly) scales. Also notice that the scales are divided on the tail

Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus) photographed at Neville Lawrie Reserve near Brisbane, Qld


The Common Tree Snake is similar to the NORTHERN TREE SNAKE (Dendrelaphis calligaster )

Note that The Palau Tree Snake which was known as Dendrelaphis punctulatus striolatus from South East Asia has been elevated to a full species Dendrelaphis striolatus - which does not occur in Australia

 

LINKS OF INTEREST

A revised taxonomy of the Australo-Papuan species of the colubrid genus Dendrelaphis (Serpentes: Colubridae) (salamandra-journal.com)

Brown Tree Snake or Night Tiger Snake
(Boiga irregularis)

Northern Tree Snake
(Dendrelaphis calligaster)

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