Photo by Gail J. Worth.
This arboreal snake can grow to over six feet in length. The body is laterally compressed and the tail is quite prehensile. These are adaptations for its life in the trees of its native habitat in the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, and northeastern Australia. In the wild, this species will eat small mammals and lizards, but mainly dines on birds. Juveniles under two years of age can vary in coloration between yellow and brick red. Humidity should be provided for this species in captivity.