Skip to main content

Rough Green Snake

Opheodrys aestivus
The Rough Green Snake is a very slender reptile that can be found  near forested areas in the Southeastern United States. They are diurnal and arboreal, and their entire bodies are a light green, which helps them to hide among the vegetation.

Breeding typically takes place during the spring, and males leave the female immediately after copulation. She will lay only about a dozen eggs, but it takes between 5 and 12 weeks to hatch. Interestingly, the gestation time is based on the temperature outside. After the eggs hatch the females have nothing more to do with their offspring.

Rough Green Snakes are primarily insectivores, though they will also eat small vertebrates as well. They are neither venomous nor are they constrictors. They hunt using their exceptional vision, and by striking at their prey with quick speed.

Rough Green Snakes are common throughout their range, and are not currently threatened.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Southeastern United States
Size : Length up to 3ft (90cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Reptilia -- Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae -- Genus : Opheodrys -- Species : O. aestivus

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Bornean Orangutan

The Bornean Orangutan is one of two extant Orangutan species in the world. It is the third largest primate (after Gorillas) and is the largest primarily tree-dwelling animal in the world. Males are substantially larger than females, and average at around 165lbs. Bornean Orangutans are largely solitary. A handful might live within a small range but they will seldom interact with one another. Males and females only meet up to breed, which happens only once every several years. A young Orangutan will stay with it's mother for about five years, and the females tend to go about eight years between births. That is the longest interim period of any animal! Sadly, the Bornean Orangutans are in a lot of trouble. They need large forests in order to thrive, and deforestation and habitat degradation has left many homeless. They are also hunted for meat and for traditional medicines. Conservation areas are being established to help these guys in the wild, and it is believed that there are a

Four!

For anyone who was counting, yesterday was our birthday-- four years! Four years filled with animals from A to Z, more than 1,100 of them! I can't thank my readers enough, it's been wonderful! And in celebration of that milestone... I'm taking a break. Hopefully not forever, but for a little bit at least. In the mean time I plan on getting a new layout out, along with some updates to some of the older articles. I'll post updates here and on the Facebook page, I'm also brainstorming some new animal-related projects, so keep an eye out! Thanks again for four awesome years!

10 Years?!

My goodness! It's been 6 years since I went on hiatus, and now more than 10 years since AaD was born, and what a world we've moved in to! Animal a Day is coming back- but in the meantime, check us out on Facebook, for your daily dose of #BIRDNEWS