Rough Green Snake
Family: Colubridae - Harmless Egg-Laying Snakes
Typical Adult Size: 22 to 34 inches
Reproduction: egg laying
Eye Pupil: round
Dorsal Scales: keeled
Anal Scale: divided
The Rough Green Snake is very slender-bodied. It is South Carolina's only snake with a uniform green dorsal color. The lower sides and belly are pale yellow. The eyes are large and prominent. Rough Green Snakes may be found throughout South Carolina.
The Rough Green Snake is mostly arboreal and is usually active only during daytime. Because of its very effective camouflage, if is most often noticed by people only when crossing roads. It hunts insects and insect larvae in dense foliage. When hunting, it often moves its head in a faltering, shaky motion.
In death, the Rough Green Snake will become a blue color. This color change often leads persons to mistakenly believe they have found a different species.Additional Images:
|Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus|
|adult, DOR, showing typical blue death color|
July 07, 2009
Contact: South Carolina Reptiles and Amphibians