Rough Green Snake

Scientific Name
Opheodrys aestivus
Also Known As
Rough Greensnake
Range
All of Florida
Diet
Insects, Spiders, Snails, Lizards
Life Expectancy
5 Years

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This Snake is Not Venomous

 

Rough Green Snakes in Central Florida

The rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) is a slender, vibrantly-colored colubrid species found throughout the southeastern United States, including central Florida. Often mistaken for a vine due to their green coloration, rough green snakes are non-venomous and generally docile.

This guide covers key identification features, biology, habitat preferences, diet, and bite risk of rough green snakes for central Florida residents.

Appearance and Identification

Rough green snakes can be identified by the following unique characteristics

Adult Rough Green Snake

Photo 95106780 © Kaylyn Cullen, CC BY-NC

Adult Rough Green Snakes

  • Size: Average 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) long as adults. Record lengths up to 132 cm (4 feet). Weigh 15-85 g (0.5-3 oz).
  • Coloration: Vibrant green above with yellow or white ventral scales. White or yellow lines border the belly and lips.
  • Scales: Dorsal scales are weakly keeled giving a slightly rough texture. Ventral scales smooth.
  • Head: Pointed snout, large eyes with round pupils. Non-venomous.
Juvenile Rough Green Snake

Photo 196682440 © Jeri Tooley,