Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

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.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


AshleyT 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Great photos! Snakes are fascinating to watch.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago


vivianpoma 9 years ago

beautiful, great photo, great series

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Ah! lol ;-)

AshleyT 9 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 9 years ago

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

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Nice catch!

jamiewgoodspeed 9 years ago

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

AshleyT 9 years ago

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

RiekoS 9 years ago

What a big mouth!

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome Ashley! My favorite little snake!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Excellent shots :)

AshleyT 9 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 9 years ago

Amazing photo Ashley!

WildAdventress 9 years ago

lovely snakes these! nice photos love them!

Telse 9 years ago

Excellent Ashley!

ConorSheaWing 9 years ago

Great spot Ash!

JC_Forester 9 years ago

Very nice series! :-)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Great shot !!

ceejayalyssa 9 years ago

great shot!

Spotted by

Texas, USA

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

Related Spottings

Rough Green Snake Rough Green Snake Rough Green Snake (Dead) Rough Green Snake (Dead)

Nearby Spottings

Gray Squirrel Striped Bark Scorpion Green Anole Curve-lined Owlet


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team