green snake

Smooth Green Snake

The Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis, sometimes Liochlorophis vernalis) is a non-venomous North American snake, also called a 'Grass Snake' in American English. It is a snake of increasing conservation concern in some U.S. states.

The snake is bright green and found mainly in moist meadows, prairies and clearings in coniferous forest. They are almost entirely insectivorous eating mainly crickets, grasshoppers, and smooth caterpillars.

These snakes tend to range in lengths of 12 to 36 inches, a relatively small snake. The females give birth to very small cyndrilical eggs. There are usually 3 to 13 eggs. They may hatch in as little as 4 days.

Picture link: Smooth Greensake in Putney, VT

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