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Northern Rough Greensnake
Opheodrys aestivus

Featured Image Credit: Jrw1203 from WikiCommons

It seems as though each snake I have seen at Middle Way Nature Reserve has a very similar doppleganger. For the Northern Rough Greensnake, it can be confused with the Smooth Greensnake (one has rough scales and the other smooth) I can’t tell the difference, and I can’t find the photo I have of the cute lil’ guy I’ve seen. When I see it again I will make the correction if necessary!

Alternate Names: Bush Snake, Grass Snake, Green Summer Snake, Green Tree Snake, Green Whip Snake, Huckleberry Snake, Keel-scaled Green Snake, Magnolia Snake, Vine Snake.
Size: 22-32" long
Habitat: "Found frequently near water, but also in brush, trash piles, roadsides, and swamps, and in suburbia; it is the most common snake in residential neighborhoods in Florida. It spends most of its time on the ground, but it is a good tree climber and may be found in shrubs and trees where bird nests can be raided for eggs and chicks, as well as small adult birds such as finches, canaries, and thrashers." From wikipedia.com
Identification: "A slender snake. Dorsum of body, tail, and head uniformly green; venter, chin, and labial scales uniformly yellowish, yellowish green, or white to cream; green color fades to blue in preservative." From virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com
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