Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus)
Rough Greensnakes are slender, solid green snakes with a yellowish to white belly. Recently killed or preserved individuals are blueish. Scales are keeled and the anal plate is divided.
Rough Greensnakes typically reach about 2 feet in total length.
This species is found statewide. They inhabit bushes, vines and shrubby vegetation along forest edges, roadways and wetlands.
Rough Greensnakes eat primarily invertebrates, especially grasshoppers, crickets, and spiders. They are active only during daylight hours. Mating occurs in spring, and females lay eggs during the summer.
Rough Greensnakes rely on camouflage as their primary defense. Only the well-trained eye can spot these snakes when they are within vegetation.