SMOOTH GREEN SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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Length in Kansas up to 26 inches.
Only known from two counties in north central Kansas.
Harmless. Named for its body color and the smooth scales covering its body. A bright
green serpent with a white or cream-colored belly. It differs from the Rough Green Snake
by having smooth scales, a stouter body and its habitat preference: it is a ground
dweller. The young are miniature adults.
Active during the day from April to early October. Always found on the ground; prefers
cover along the edges of streams, but also sometimes found in wet meadows and on open
brushy ridges. An egg-layer. Breeding occurs in spring or autumn; the eggs are laid in
June or July. Specializes in feeding on insects and other invertebrates. A harmless
serpent that never bites.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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