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Rough Green Snake

Opheodrys aestivus


A long, slender snake that has a bright green back and a smooth, cream belly. These snakes have very long tails that aid in their arboreal life style. This guy was quite rambunctious, and I tried to get him to bite me since he kept opening his mouth like that, but I couldn't get him to, they are very sweet snakes.


Found in a Common Buttonbush at a ponds edge at night, they are easy to find in the right habitat with a spotlight; the belly shines back at you. The last photo shows him climbing a tree when I released him.

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AshleyT 9 years ago

Thanks Aaron :) He looks pretty real to me too since he's in a different position is every photo. And others seem to think so too since I won one of the categories at a photo contest with this photo ;)

Aaron_G 9 years ago

This photo is so awesome that it almost doesn't seem real but I know that it is. ;-) Great find, especially with their incredible camouflage.

paulm7714 9 years ago

Did you actually take this picture? It doesn't look real.

kdpicturemaker 10 years ago

Great photos! Snakes are fascinating to watch.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago


vivianpoma 10 years ago

beautiful, great photo, great series

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Ah! lol ;-)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Jamie, Juan, and Fyn! And Fyn, I wanted him to bite me just so I could say I've been bitten by a rough green haha, they are so docile and rarely bite ;)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Great shots! Why were you trying to get him to bite you?

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

Nice catch!

jamiewgoodspeed 10 years ago

i have some as pets they are amazing its great to see such a healthy population in the wild!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Adarsha, Karen, and Rieko, they are such sweet snakes!

RiekoS 10 years ago

What a big mouth!

KarenL 10 years ago

Awesome Ashley! My favorite little snake!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Excellent shots :)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks ceejay, Jared, Mona, Conor, Telse, Bo, and Debbie! This guy was cooperative and so much fun to photograph :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Amazing photo Ashley!

WildAdventress 10 years ago

lovely snakes these! nice photos love them!

Telse 10 years ago

Excellent Ashley!

ConorSheaWing 10 years ago

Great spot Ash!

JC_Forester 10 years ago

Very nice series! :-)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Great shot !!

ceejayalyssa 10 years ago

great shot!

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2013
Submitted on Jul 12, 2013

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