GREEN TREE PYTHON RESOURCE MASTERPOST
Green tree pythons, while not the scary monsters some claim them to be, aren’t corn snakes or ball pythons and do have their own particular needs. These are animals where you need to do your homework ahead of time. I can’t emphasize enough that they—like any animal—should not be an impulse purchase. For those who want to own them, read and absorb as much information as you can. And then keep reading and learning, because as we learn more about these creatures, husbandry methods evolve and change.
I’ll link this post on my sidebar and try to update the info as needed.
* * * BOOKS * * *
The More Complete Chondro by Greg Maxwell
The chondro bible. While the info may not be as cutting edge as when it was first published, it’s still a solid foundation of information and should be read by anyone wanting to get into chondros.
Adventures in Green Python Country by Karl-Heinz Switak
To my knowledge, this book is out of print. I have not read it, but have heard it’s a good read.
The Green Tree Python and Emerald Tree Boa: Care, Breeding and Natural History, Second Extended Edition by Ron Kivit and Stephen Wiseman
I haven’t had a chance to read this one myself.
* * * ARTICLES * * *
Article by Rico Walder about handling green tree pythons. On a related note, here’s a video about handling.
* * * FORUMS * * *
MVF is THE forum for chondro information. They now have a basic husbandry section, but the real treasure is the wealth of information in past threads. The search function is your friend. There is a ton of info there. Plenty of differing opinions and ways to do things, and it’s useful to read it all.
I haven’t spent much time here myself, but it’s another resource for chondro info.
* * * RADIO * * *
They’ve had on important folks like Daniel Natusch (biologist who has studied chondros in the field) and Trooper Walsh (chondro pioneer, former keeper at NZP). Greg Maxwell is also slated to be on an upcoming show.
Shows covering all Morelia species, not just chondros. They’ve had guests such as Rico Walder, David Newman, Gary Schiavino, Kimbery Burge, Marcial Mendez, Greg Stephens, Buddy Buscemi, Terry Phillip, etc.
* * * SCIENTIFIC PAPERS * * *
GTPKeeper.com hosts a number of scientific papers relating to green tree pythons.
The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture
Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%.
Blue Pangan Poison Arrow Frog
Also known as Harlequin Poison Dart Frogs (Oophaga histrionica), the Pangan Poison Arrow Frog exists in the forests of ProAves’ Pangan Reserve, in south-west Colombia, which WLT helped extend in 2009.
Harlequin Poison Dart Frogs come in a multitude of color morphs, with various color morphs found surprisingly close to one another, including different colored populations as near as adjacent hillsides.
These types of frogs are known as “obligate egg-feeders.” Basically, once the mother frog gets her tadpoles into a safe little puddle of water, she lays unfertilized eggs which the tadpoles can feed on until they are ready to metamorphose and leave their temporary home.
Read more about the projects that WLT is supporting through ProAves in Colombia: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/colombia .
Sideshow Dinosauria Apatosaurus
Statuette en résine de l’Apatosaurus tirée de la collection Dinosauria dimensions env. 30 x 15 x 110 cm sur socle décor. Modèle extrêmement détaillé fini et peint à la main en édition limitée par Sideshow Collectibles.