Opheodrys vernalis
Smooth Green Snake

Click on a picture to see a larger version in a different window
Other Names: Green Snake
Subspecies: Western Smooth Green Snake Opheodrys vernalis blanchardi
Description: A bright green slender snake with a white belly. Young are an olive to slate gray. Some snakes will keep this coloration into adulthood, but this is rare. Deceased snakes can lose their yellow pigment and appear blue instead of green. Scales smooth. Adults are 1ft to just under 3 ft.
Similar Species: Greenish examples of racers have 2 anterior temporal scales, lower preocular scale wedged between upper labial scales and each nostril located between 2 scales. The Green Rat Snake has 25 or more rows of dorsal scales; middorsal rows are weakly keeled.
Venom: None
Habitat: Found in prairies and open grassy areas in forests. Inhabits meadows and stream borders.
Behavior: Diurnal and secretive.
Reproduction: Mates in early spring. Lays a clutch of 2-12 eggs in June to September.
Diet: Feeds on caterpillars, crickets and spiders.
Authored by: Garth Teitjen