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This green snake is distinct from other Costa Rican species that are primarily green in having large, obliquely arranged dorsal scales in even numbers of rows. It is a moderate-sized species reaching a total length of 1,545 mm.
A rather common inhabitant of Lowland Moist and Wet Forest and Premontane Moist and Wet Forest and Rainforest.
A conspicuous, relatively uncommon diurnal species, usually seen foraging on the ground or in low bushes. It spends the night sleeping in bushes or trees up to 4 m above the ground. It feeds primarily on frogs, especially hylids, but also eats lizards.