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Dublin Zoo has a new snake and he's very, very green

So very green.

DublinZoo_Python 004 Source: Patrick Bolger

SAINT PATRICK MAY have (according to legend) banished the snakes from Ireland, but Dublin Zoo is bringing one back in time for St Patrick’s Day.

A green tree python has arrived at the zoo’s reptile house just in time for 17 March.

The green tree python is a small, slender species of python which prefers to coil over a tree branch rather than live on the ground. Native to the rainforests of New Guinea and northern Australia, green tree pythons are non venomous carnivores and feed on small mammals and occasionally reptiles.

DublinZoo_Python 001 Source: Patrick Bolger

Eddie O’Brien, team leader at Dublin Zoo said that the extremely green snake is settling well.

“This python, which came from Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands, is settling in very well and we are very excited for visitors to get the opportunity to see him for the first time this weekend.”

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