Congratulations on the new arrival at Terra Natura

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TERRA NATURA Benidorm’s family continues to grow…

The park recently celebrated the birth of nine green tree pythons, a species which experiences great difficulty reproducing in captivity.

The green tree python demands a complex incubation process, where it requires specific environmental conditions and because of this, no reproduction attempts have been successful at the park before now.

The green tree python (more liaviridis) is a species of python native to New Guinea, islands in Indonesia, and Cape York Peninsula in Australia.

As its name suggests, it is a bright green snake that can reach 2 metres in length and 1.6 kilograms in weight, with females slightly larger and heavier than males.

In Terra Natura Benidorm there is a male and two females for whose reproduction it has been necessary to imitate the environmental conditions of their original environment quite accurately.

To do this, the experts of the park emulated in their cubicles the rainy season that favors their reproduction, as well as much milder temperatures than usual.

Finally, one of the females showed its state of gestation, changing from its usual bright green colourto a more bluey tone – brought on by the ovulation and the pregnancy.

The green tree python usually lays between 1 – 25 viable eggs per clutch. In this case, as the female was young, she laid 9 eggs that were incubated for 50 – 65 days.

The hatchlings were born lemon-yellow with broken stripes and spots of orange-red. As they grow, they will acquire the bright green colour of adult specimens.

The park will allow the young to grow a little and fully adapt to their environment before visitors can see them.

The green tree python is not a poisonous species, but its bite can be painful as it has long, sharp fangs.

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