The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6
2.—Dendrophidæ; or Tree-Snakes. — Dendrophis. Boie. — Dendrophis punctulata. Gray. — The Green Tree-Snake
2.—Dendrophidæ; or Tree-Snakes.
Dendrophis punctulata. Gray.
The Green Tree-Snake.
Of slender form, above green or pale olive brown, beneath bright yellow, sides and under parts of head the same colour; eyes large, pupil rounded. Outer edge of scales white, as may be seen on stretching the skin.
1 anterior 2 posterior oculars, scales smooth, those of the vertebral row much larger, polygonal; scales of outer rows elongated, narrow, quadrilateral, and very imbricated.
Maxillary teeth smooth and of equal length.
This snake, one of the few not venomous Australian species, is a gentle harmless creature, which at any time may be handled with impunity; it never attempts to bite, and of many hundred page 37 individuals which I had an opportunity to observe alive, not a single one could be induced to inflict a wound.
If we except Tasmania and the southern part of Victoria, we find the Green Tree Snake from north to south, and from east to west; it frequents trees, feeds upon insects, frogs, lizards, small birds and birds' eggs, and grows to a considerable length, but seldom if ever exceeding 6 feet.
I have reason to believe that the female is oviparous, laying about 20 or more eggs in November or December; young individuals differ considerably from the adult in colouring, being not of so bright a green; and having a grey instead of a light yellow belly. The winter is generally passed under hollow logs or beneath flat stones in sunny but often damp localities.