A popular python often kept as a pet is featured on the latest coin
in Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles series.
The green tree python (Morelia viridis) is a species of python
native to the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, New Guinea, and
islands in Indonesia.
Described by Hermann Schlegel in 1872, it was known for many years
as Chondropython viridis.
As its common name suggests, it is a bright green snake that lives
generally in trees. It can reach 2 meters (6.5 feet) in length and 1.6
kilograms (4 pounds) in weight, with females slightly larger and
heavier than males.
The green tree python mainly hunts and eats small reptiles and
mammals. It is a popular pet and numbers in the wild have suffered
because of large-scale smuggling of wild-caught green tree pythons in Indonesia.
Despite this, the green tree python is rated as of least concern on
the IUCN Red List of Endangered species.
These snakes have a particular way of resting on the branches of
trees: they loop a coil or two over a branch in a saddle position and
drape their head in the middle. This trait is shared with the emerald
tree boa (Corallus caninus) of South America. This habit, along with
their appearance, has caused people to confuse the two species when
encountered outside their natural habitats.
The coin’s reverse carries a full color, naturalistic portrait of a
sinister-looking green tree python in its natural surroundings, framed
by a border of reptilian scales, teeth, claws and skin. The legend
GREEN TREE PYTHON defines the theme.
The obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth
II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait shows the queen
wearing a tiara and pearl earrings. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the
date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 9999
AG guarantees the weight and purity.
The Proof .9999 fine silver dollar was issued for Tuvalu by Downies,
and struck at the Perth Mint. The coin weighs 31.101 grams and
measures 40.6 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 5,000.
Distributor Talisman Coins offers the coin for $69.95.
order, or for more information, visit the firm's website.
Connect with Coin World:
up for our free eNewsletter
Like us on
us on Twitter