Rough Green Snake
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
A life-like figure which could be used when studying or learning to identify the species.
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
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 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
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 Coloring Book
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.
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More About Louisiana Snakes
- Ribbon and Garter Snakes
Ribbon and Garter snakes are small, non-venomous, mild-tempered reptiles that eat insects and small rodents. Here you'll find photos, information and books about these garden beneficial snakes.
- Snakes of Louisiana
Snakes are an important link in the food chain. Here you will find many photos of venomous and non-venomous Louisiana snakes as well as information and links to most.
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