- Scientific Name
- Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
- East of Appalachians
- Also Known As
- Grass Snake, Vine Snake
- Thin Green Body With Yellowish Belly
- Litter Size
- 3 - 12 per Birth
- Life Span
- 5- 8 Years
- 22 - 32 Inches
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Northern Rough Green Snake Description
Northern Rough Green Snake Appearance
This snake is rather long for its thin size reaching between 22 to 32 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 45.6 inches. The record found in Virginia is 37.3 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 8 to 10 inches long.
Northern Rough Green Snake Behavior
These snakes can frequently be seen down low in trees. However, they can sometimes be found on the ground.
They are active during the day, and in the evening they can be seen curled up in branches sleeping.
These snakes are very docile and doesn’t run away when approached, but rather freezes. They do not often bite when handled and the bite is harmless.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets
Range and Habitat of The Northern Rough Green Snake
These can be found all throughout Virginia, however, they do have less population up in the mountains. These snakes are everywhere throughout the south stretching out to Texas and Oklahoma, and can be seen as far north as New Jersey.
They can be found in the forests, and seen climbing low vegetation. They also frequent, meadows, tall pastures and prairies, thickets, shrubs, and woodlands.
Diet of Northern Rough Green Snake
Their diet only consists of insects. They will also eat snails and tree frogs if they can get a hold of them.
Reproduction and Young
Mating for these snakes occur in the spring, and sometimes in the fall. They are polygynadrists meaning that males and females will have multiple partners
Eggs and Young
Juveniles will have the same coloration and patterns as the adults. At birth the juveniles are measured at 7 to 8 inches long.