Snakes

 of Tennessee

 

Rough Greensnake

Opheodrys aestivus
 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Description:   Averaging 22-32 inch long, it is a vine-like bright lime green snake often with a whitish, yellow or creamy colored belly.

Habitat: Semi-arboreal snake usually found in shrubbery along streams and other bodies of water.

Life History: Females lay up to a dozen eggs in rotting logs/stumps during late June thru July.

Range: Statewide

Additional Notes:

Behavior: A gentle snake that rarely tries to bite and even if it does rarely, if ever, breaks the skin.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee: No subspecies are recognized.

 

Distribution of the Rough Greensnake in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

Photo by Brad Glorioso

Photo by Brad Glorioso

Photo by Matthew L. Niemiller

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

 

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15 April 2016