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Rough Green Snake

The Rough Green Snake is a harmless and docile colubrid species that even allows humans to come close to it. This diurnal snake is found in North America and is predominantly green in color for camouflaging purposes.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Opheodrys
    Scientific Name Opheodrys aestivus

    Other Names Grass snake, Green grass snake
    Length Up to 116 cm
    Color Bright green above with a yellowish belly
    Distribution Southeastern United States, also found in some parts of northeastern Mexico, including the state of Tamaulipas and eastern Nuevo León
    Habitat Moist woodlands, low vegetation and meadows close to water
    Diet Insects and other terrestrial arthropods, some snails and tree frogs (does not constrict the prey but simply swallows)
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Litter Size 2-14
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

    Rough Green Snake Reptile Gallery

    Published on December 30th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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