The following video is a timelapse of the lab’s dermestid colony cleaning a large Green Tree Python, Morelia viridis, and smaller Ball Python, Python regius over the course of two weeks.

  • Morelia viridis originates from both Southeast Asia and Oceanic rainforests. It evolved bright green coloring to blend in with the lush vegetation in the rainforest canopies.
  • Python regius originates from West African savannas. Unlike the larger arboreal Green Tree, Ball Pythons are terrestrial and named for their evolutionary defense mechanism of curling into a ball.