Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
The rough green snake is a non-venomous snake with a long, slender, bright green body. It lives in leafy trees and shrubs in thickly vegetated areas throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.
Rough green snakes grow to 22 to 32 inches in length, with a long, slender, bright green body covered with rough-looking scales and a white, cream or yellow belly.
Unlike most snakes, rough green snakes are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day. They live in leafy trees, shrubs and vines, often near water, prefering lush, thickly vegetated areas, including moist woods, streamside forests and backyard gardens. During winter, they hibernate.
Found throughout the Chesapeake Bay region’s coastal plain, though they may range farther inland.
Rough green snakes feeds primarily on insects such as crickets, caterpillars and grasshoppers, though they will also eat snails, spiders and small frogs. They use their excellent vision to find and track down prey.
Birds, larger snakes and domestic cats all prey upon rough green snakes. It is well camouflaged in dense vegetation, where it hides from predators.
Females lay 2-12 eggs in a tree hollow in June or July. Several females will often share a nest. Eggs hatch in August and September, yielding baby snakes that are 7-8 inches long. These snakes usually live up to five years, but can live up to eight years.