Rough green snake

At the Cincinnati Zoo

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) are slender, bright green snakes with yellow or whitish bellies that spend much of their time climbing in vegetation. Their bright green color easily distinguishes them from all other snakes from where they live. Rough Green Snakes have keeled scales and large eyes. After death the color of green snakes fades to blue or black and dead individuals may resemble small black racers. Young Green Snakes resemble adults.


  • Where to see them: Southeastern United States
  • Length: 32 in
  • Lifespan: 6 years
  • Habitat: Sunny areas, low bushes, dense vegetation near water
  • Diet: Grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, spiders and moths
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