Rough Green Snake Crossing Road

June 30, 2017  •  1 Comment

I came across this Rough Green Snake crossing the new asphalt road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This is the third snake I have seen crossing this new road this month. I posted a photo of a Rat Snake (Smiling Snake) a couple of days ago and the other one was a Water Moccasin. I think the reason I see so many snakes on this road is because it is easier to see them on the asphalt.

This Rough Green Snake raised up when it saw my pickup and remained that way while I took a few photos. I tried to get lower for a few shots, but it took off into the tall weeds.

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Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus) Facts

  • The rough green snake is docile, often allowing close approach by humans, and seldom bites. Even when bites occur, they have no venom and are harmless.
  • Regardless of the overall length, this species is never much bigger around than a pencil.
  • This species is also known as a Grass Snake.
  • Can be found in a variety of habitats, but seems to prefer areas with plenty of thick brush.
  • This species is a true insectivore (the only Arkansas snake species that is). It preys exclusively on insects and spiders, with a preference toward the latter.


Greg Topp(non-registered)
A very pretty snake!
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