Green Animals

Nature gifts each animal species its own coloration for a reason. Some use it to hide from predation, others use it to attract mates. In this collection, we want to show you some members of the "green family" that make advantage of their green coloration as it helps to blend well into the greenery of their surroundings.

Great Green Macaw
Great Green Macaw
This impressive parrot lives in the dry forests of Central and South America. The Great green macaw is the largest parrot in its natural range and the second heaviest macaw species. It is mainly green in color and appears superficially similar to, and may easily be confused with, the Military macaw where their ranges overlap. Great green macaws are extremely loud birds; they can be heard at great distances and most of their time spend in pairs ...
or small groups of up to eight birds. This parrot species is considered critically endangered by the IUCN and protected from international trade. Other significant threats to the survival of the Great green macaw include habitat loss and hunting for sport and feathers.
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Great Green Macaw
Emerald Green Tree Boa
Emerald Green Tree Boa
Emerald green tree boas are non-venomous snakes from South America. Their bright coloration and markings are very distinctive among South American snakes. Juveniles vary in color between various shades of light and dark orange or brick-red before they turn emerald green; this typically occurs after 9-12 months of age). Adult Emerald green tree boas grow to about 6 feet (1.8 m) in length. They have highly developed front teeth that are likely ...
proportionately larger than those of any other non-venomous snake.
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Emerald Green Tree Boa
Western Green Mamba
Western Green Mamba
The Western green mamba is a shy but highly venomous snake. This species was first described in 1844 by American herpetologist Edward Hallowell. It is an agile snake that lives mainly in the coastal tropical rainforest, thickets of western Africa. Some consider the Western green mamba not to be a particularly aggressive snake, but others have suggested that they are extremely nervous and are prone to attack aggressively when cornered. Conflict ...
with humans is low compared to some other species found in the region. Although bites to people by Western green mambas are quite uncommon, their mortality rate, however, is high.
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Western Green Mamba
Green Peafowl
Green Peafowl
Meet the national bird of Myanmar. Green peafowl are amongst the largest living galliforms in terms of overall size, and perhaps the longest extant, wild bird in total length. The males are 1.8-3 m (5 ft 11 in - 9 ft 10 in) in total length, including their tail coverts (or "trains") which measure 1.4-1.6 m (4 ft 7 in - 5 ft 3 in). The sexes of Green peafowl are quite similar in appearance, especially in the wild. They are forest birds that nest ...
on the ground but are capable of sustained flight. Green peafowl have a relatively large wingspan that averages around 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) and are often observed on the wing.
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Green Peafowl
Long-Nosed Whip Snake
Long-Nosed Whip Snake
The Long-nosed whip snake is a venomous tree snake from Sri Lanka. It is s slow-moving creature that spends its life in trees and relies on camouflaging itself as vines in foliage. It is the only species of snake that has horizontal pupils and uses its binocular vision to successfully hunt its prey.
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Long-Nosed Whip Snake
Green Broadbill
Green Broadbill
These unusually all-green small birds are native to Asian evergreen forests. With their brilliant green plumage, they are often overlooked, as they sit motionless inside the canopy or just below, quickly flying to a new location if disturbed. The coloration of Green broadbills provides them excellent camouflage. They eat mainly soft figs and help to distribute the seeds of this plant around the forest floor.
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Green Broadbill
White-Lipped Pit Viper
White-Lipped Pit Viper
The White-lipped tree viper is a venomous species of snake. It occurs in Southeast Asia and spends most of its time in trees where it waits patiently for unsuspecting prey to wander by. Like most snakes, when pit vipers sense danger, they typically keep to themselves and strike only if cornered or threatened.
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White-Lipped Pit Viper
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed parakeets are native to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, but now can be found in many other parts of the world. This happened due to feral populations which have established themselves in many other countries and these parrots are also bred for the exotic pet trade. Both sexes of this species have a distinctive green color in the wild. Adult males have red and black neck rings, and females and immature birds of both sexes either ...
show no neck rings or have shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings.
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Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Bamboo Pit Viper
Bamboo Pit Viper
The Bamboo pit viper is a venomous snake that is found in forests of India. It differs from other species of snakes by the presence of a heat-sensing pit organ located in the loreal area between the eye and the nostril on both sides of the head. These loreal pits are the external openings to a pair of extremely sensitive infrared-detecting organs, which in effect give the snakes a sixth sense to help them find and perhaps even judge the size of ...
the small, warm-blooded prey on which they feed. Bamboo pit vipers hunt by night and when sensing danger they become aggressive and do not hesitate to bite.
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Bamboo Pit Viper
Military Macaw
Military Macaw
The Military macaw gets its name from its predominantly green plumage resembling a military parade uniform. These birds live in large flocks and can live about 50 to 60 years in the wild. They are very noisy and can often be heard long before they are seen. Military macaws often visit heaps of clay known as "macaw licks" found along riverbanks or sometimes in the interior of the Amazon rainforest. These clay deposits detoxify the poisons found ...
in the seeds and vegetation of the rest of their diet. It is also thought that this clay provides the macaws with dietary salt not available in their normal diet.
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Military Macaw
Green Tree Python
Green Tree Python
This bright green snake can reach a total length of 2 m (6.6 ft); females of this species are slightly larger and heavier than males. Living generally in trees, the Green tree python mainly hunts and eats small reptiles and mammals. It is a popular pet, and its numbers in the wild have suffered with large-scale smuggling of wild-caught Green tree pythons in Indonesia.
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Green Tree Python
American Anole
American Anole
American anoles are small tree-dwelling lizards. They are known for their ability to change their color to several shades from brown to green; however, they are not true chameleons and are in fact closely related to iguanas. Green anoles change their color depending on the mood, level of stress, activity level, and as a social signal (for example, displaying dominance). When stressed while fighting, for example - the skin just behind the ...
lizard's eyes may turn black independently from the rest of the animal's coloration, forming "postocular spots."
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American Anole
Green Vine Snake
Green Vine Snake
This slender green colubrid snake is native to Central America and northern South America. Its body is only 2 cm (0.79 in) thick, and may attain a total length of about 1.5-2 m (59-79 in). The tongue of this snake is long and green; when in use it is kept outside the mouth and moved up and down. It is believed that Green vine snakes are using their tongues as sights the way a cat uses its whiskers, as they move very quickly through branches and ...
brush.
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Green Vine Snake
Yellow-Crowned Amazon
Yellow-Crowned Amazon
Yellow-crowned amazons are birds of tropical forests, and mangroves, and are found far from the Amazon rainforest. They live in pairs or small flocks and sometimes gather in larger groups at clay licks. Apart from fruits, nuts, and berries, Yellow-crowned amazons are also fond of blossoms and maize. By the way, foods with sugar and a large amount of salt can be dangerous for them.
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Yellow-Crowned Amazon
Smooth Green Snake
Smooth Green Snake
This small and delicate snake gets its common name from its smooth dorsal scales. The Smooth green snake is a Nort American non-venomous and non-aggressive snake. It seldom bites and usually flees when threatened. At birth, the dorsal coloration of young Smooth green snakes is different from that when they mature. At first, they can be olive green, blue-gray, or even brown, but after they shed their skin for the first time, they become bright ...
green in color. By the way, Smooth greens snakes are also known for their interesting habit; they will often bob their heads in order to mimic vegetation blowing in the wind.
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Smooth Green Snake
Green Bee-Eater
Green Bee-Eater
These richly colored, slender birds are found in Asia. They are usually seen in small groups and often roost communally in large numbers. In the mornings they like to huddle next to each other on wires sometimes with their bills tucked in their backs well after sunrise. Green bee-eaters mainly eat bees, wasps, and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, these smart birds remove stings and break ...
the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.
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Green Bee-Eater
Chinese Water Dragon
Chinese Water Dragon
The coloration of these lizards can range from dark to light green, or sometimes purple with an orange stomach. Chinese water dragons have a small, iridescent, photosensitive spot between their eyes referred to as the pineal eye (or parietal eye, or colloquially as the third eye); it is thought to help thermoregulate their bodies by sensing differences in light to assist with basking and seeking shelter after sunset. Since it recognizes ...
differences in light, the parietal eye can also help the lizard avoid predation from birds and other aerial threats; it can also awaken them from deep sleep from even slight changes in light from overhead.
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Chinese Water Dragon