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Rough Green Snake
Rough Green Snake
Reptile. The beautiful rough green snake is a gentle snake with a pleasant disposition. Called “rough” because their scales stand out at a slight angle, these snakes are agile and skilled climbers. They frequently climb bushes, vines and small trees and are rarely on the ground. Capable of catching prey in the air, they hunt for food during the day and sleep at night. Rough green snakes are excellent swimmers, often using the water to escape predators. They lay four to twelve very elongated, sticky eggs under a flat stone or log. The young snakes are a grayish or pale green at first, eventually developing their brilliant, iridescent colors.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Opheodrys aestivus 6 years
Carnivore. Grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, spiders and moths.
Predators and Threats
Snakes, birds, and mammals.
Sunny areas, low bushes, dense vegetation near water; Eastern United States; Connecticut to Florida, the Gulf States, and the Mississippi Valley to Kansas, Illinois and Ohio.