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Life-history traits and ontogenetic colour change in an arboreal tropical python, Morelia viridis

Wilson, David; Heinsohn, Robert; Wood, Jeffrey


The Pythonidae are a widely distributed group of snakes that fill a variety of niches in Africa, Asia and Australasia. We used mark-recapture techniques to describe the life-history traits and colour change in the green python Morelia viridis, a species that is popular in the captive pet industry but poorly known in the wild. Modelling of growth rates revealed that males and females reach sexual maturity after 2.4 and 3.6 years, respectively, and are predicted to live for at least 15 years....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00190.x


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