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Rough Green Snake

Updated on February 25, 2015
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Louisiana has abundant wildlife, including reptiles such as snakes and turtles. All are welcome in Yvonne's backyard wildlife habitat.

Reptile: Opheodrys aestivus (Linnaeus)

The Rough Green Snake is the only type of Green Snake that inhabits Louisiana. It is a slim, medium sized, non-poisonous snake, which is bright green in color. Rough Green snakes are egg layers and are excellent climbers. This beautiful little snake will help rid your garden of harmful insects.


Rough Green Snakes Help Gardeners by Eating Many Insects

Identification of Rough Green Snake

A.   Rough green snake, Opheodrys aestivus

B.   Adult coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum

C.   Juvenile coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum

Photo Reference: Dundee and Rossman, illus.: E. C. Beckham, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana

Adult Rough green snakes are bright green in color and have slim, vine-like bodies. Maximum length is 45 inches. The belly is yellowish and they have rather large eyes. Baby Green snakes are grayish green.


Habits and Habitats

Rough Green snakes are active during daylight hours in warm weather. They are found in forested areas often near rivers and streams. They are nearly invisible and often remain unseen because they lie motionless when they are entwined in vines and bushes.

Rough Green Snake Figure

Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures Rough Green Snake
Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures Rough Green Snake

A life-like figure which could be used when studying or learning to identify the species.



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Prey consists primarily of insects and insect larvae, but also includes millipedes, spiders, land snails and small treefrogs. These snakes hunt by sight and are another wonderful member of the earth's natural pest control crew. They usually capture and swallow their prey alive, but may chew some on active prey to subdue them before they are swallowed.

Snakes of the Southeast

Snakes of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)
Snakes of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

In my opinion this is the best identification book for snakes of the Southeastern United States. Wormsloe Foundation published many excellent guides.



Rough Green Snake
Rough Green Snake

Rough Green Snake on Lantana is Creative Commons

Most mating occurs in spring, but Green Snakes will also mate in fall. From 3-12 eggs are laid by the female under rocks, in rotten or hollow logs, or in other concealed, moist locations. Often several females will lay their eggs in the same place.


Care of Rough Green Snakes

Basic Care of Rough Green Snakes (General Care and Maintenance of Series)
Basic Care of Rough Green Snakes (General Care and Maintenance of Series)

Some enjoy keeping snakes. This book will help them feed and care for rought green snakes in the proper way.



Predators include birds, spiders and other snakes. Rough Green snakes are well camouflaged when they lie motionless, entwined in vines or in the branches of bushes. When threatened or captured green snakes may open their mouths, but seldom bite.


Since Green snakes eat insects, pesticides will diminish their food supply. Development near streams and rivers that destroys the shrubs, vines and bushes where Rough Green snakes live reduces habitat where they live. In addition, Green snakes are often killed trying to cross roads near wetland areas.

Dover Snakes of the World
Dover Snakes of the World

Dover Snakes of the World Coloring Book

Dover Coloring Books: Snakes of the World

Dover coloring books are quality productions using heavy white opaque paper, with first-rate artwork and informative text and captions. Many appeal to adults as well as children. Teachers love them and appreciate being able to copy illustrations on office copiers for classroom use. Designers and craftspeople also use them because the illustrations in most Dover coloring books can be reproduced in design or craft projects without permission or fee.

Captive Rough Green Snake Eating Video

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Slinky Snakes Book & CD
Slinky Snakes Book & CD

Read & Listen Slinky, Scaly Snakes & Bugs!

DK Read and Listen: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and Slinky, Scaly Snakes!

The latest addition to DK's popular series of book-and-CD packages introduces young readers to two favorites from the DK Reader's series. Perfect for the car, at bedtime, or anywhere. Book includes photography, prints, diagrams, and maps to enhance the classic tale. More than 60 minutes of audio. Simple text helps children improve reading skills while they listen

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      8 years ago

      Just wanted to say thank you for having such an informative site ... Ive been looking on line for over 30 mins trying to figure out if the snake in my backyard was poisonous or not and you guys were the only site i found that had that info ....


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