NEW Boelen’s Python At the Toronto ZOO


The Malayan Woods pavilion has a new resident- the Boelens python (Morelia boeleni). Theo, otherwise known as Prince Theodore the 7th of the Green Forest, is now viewable just inside the pavilion`s entry doors. Boelens pythons are currently listed as an C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) appendix II species: protected but not endangered, and is the most protected reptile in Papua New Guinea.

This python is beautiful! It boasts a bluish-black body that is marked with bright white stripes, and in red light, you may even see an iridescent rainbow of colours reflecting off his scales. He usually can be spotted coiled up in the rock caves of his exhibit, much like his relatives do in cliff faces in the New Guinea rainforest.

The Toronto Zoo is open 364 days a year and winter is one of the best time to see animals without the crowds. Rejuvenate this winter with Theo and our other reptile and amphibians friends in the Zoos 6 vegetation lush, warm, tropical pavilions. Their are also lots of keeper talks taking place daily, and with 10km of scenic winter walking trails it`s a great excuse to get outside and stay active!