Opheodrys aestivus

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Rough Green Snake

Rough Green Snake- Opheodrys aestivus


Areas with dense vegetation surrounding water


West from Texas, to south Florida, to north New Jersey


The snake has a solid green back with a white or yellow belly. The scales are rough and are around 2 feet long as adults, but can grow up to 3 feet.

Ecological Notes

These snakes are efficient climbers and spend the majority of their day above ground. They are very gentle and rarely bite humans.

Personal Information We found this snake next to a small pond with turtles in it before going birding, It was on the walk way near some high vegetation.

Journal Articles

Cooper, W. (2007) Elevated tongue-flicking rate to cricket surface chemicals by the arthropodivorous rough green snake Opheodrys aestivus. Amphibia-Reptilia

This article discusses the interactions between the rough green snake and the cricket.

Mitchell, and Johnson (2008) Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake) Predation. Herpetological Review

This paper reviews general overview of the predation habits of the rough green snake.

References http://www.bio.davidson.edu/projects/herpcons/herps_of_NC/snakes/Ophaes/Oph_aes.html

Contributed by Joe Stupica- 2010

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