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Common Tree Snake

Common Tree Snake

The Common Tree snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata) often referred erroneously as the Green Tree Snake is the most widespread colubrid species of snake found in Australia. It is non venomous, and lacks any true fangs.


As a maximum size, the long and slender Common Tree Snake can be up to 1.8 metres in length. Females are larger than males with males reaching around 1.2 metres on average. Colour variability in this species is often associated with distribution however variation is found even within single populations. The most common form is an olive green on top with a yellow belly and underside of the chin, but black and golden coloured morphs are found in the north of their range. Sky blue specimens often turn up in the eastern populations.


A fast moving, highly agile climber it is reasonably docile and quite reluctant to bite. The Common Tree Snake is a diurnal snake that is just as adept in arboreal environments as it is on the ground.


Diet has been shown to vary between males and females with larger females capable of eating even the largest of Tree Fog species. Generally a predator of small lizards and frogs but has been recorded eating fish from ponds.

Distribution and Habitat

Found in coastal and sub-coastal northern and eastern Australia, south to the Victorian border region, the Common Tree Snake is present within all suburbs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan and Ipswich.