Rough Green Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Rough Green Snake
Opheodrys aestivus
  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 34 1/2 inches.

Kansas range map for the Rough Green Snake

Range:   Restricted to the eastern third of Kansas; generally found no farther west than the eastern edge of the Flint Hills.
  • Description:   Harmless. Named for the weakly keeled, bright green scales covering its body. A slender-bodied, serpent with a white or creamcolored belly. Tail is very long, almost 40% of total body length; tail is used as an anchor when snake is moving through branches of bushes and brush. Young are miniature adults.
  • Habits: Active during the day from April to early October. Highly arboreal (tree dwelling); prefers bushes or shrubs along edge of streams and swamps; sometimes found on open brushy ridges. Very difficult to observe because its color blends so well with green vegetation. Breeding occurs in spring or autumn; up to 10 eggs per clutch are laid in June or July. Specializes in feeding on caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies and spiders.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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