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REPTILES

Black Bayou NWR

NORTHERN ROUGH GREEN SNAKES

Opheodrys aestivus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Slender green snake, round pupils, yellow underside
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Unique in North Louisiana, but sometimes confused with grass snakes and ribbon snakes
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Stable
  • DIET: Caterpillars, crickets, grasshoppers, small frogs, snails, spiders
  • HABITAT: Meadows and forests near water
  • BREEDING: June - July, 2 - 12 eggs laid in tree hollow, rotting log, under rocks
  • BEHAVIOR: Aboreal, often found on tree branches,docile, active during day
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Camouflage, climbing, swimming
  • THREATS: Birds, larger snakes, housecats
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round; most active during Spring, Summer, Fall