Smooth Greensnake   

Opheodrys vernalis
 

State Listing: Special Concern

Smooth Greensnake
Smooth Greensnake
Smooth Greensnake
Smooth Greensnake
Smooth Green Snake
Smooth Green Snake
Smooth Green Snake
Smooth Green Snake
Green Snake Venter
Green Snake Venter
Yellow Chin
Yellow Chin

Commonly Confused Native Species:

 

  • Often Not Confused with other Species

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                  A small sized snake measuring 12 to 25 inches in length.    

Color:                Smooth green snakes are a brilliantly colored snake with

                           a bright green dorsum and yellow to white venter.   The

                           chin is often yellow in color.  Smooth unkeeled scales.             

Behavior:         Relies on its cryptic coloration to avoid detection, once

                           detected they rapidly flee seeking cover in nearby

                           vegetation. When handled they emit an unpleasant

                           smelling musk, but seldom bite. Non-venomous, bite is

                           harmless.

 

Habitat:            Prefers open canopy habitats, such as fields, meadows

                          and wetland edges.