Northern Rough Greensnake

The Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus), shown below, was one of my “great white whales.” That is, until my luck changed recently. Eureka!

It is usually found in areas of thick, green vegetation. Small trees, bushes, briar patches, and tangles of vines are favorite areas. … This is the only arboreal snake in Virginia. … This species eats mainly grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, spiders, small frogs, and snails or slugs. Source Credit: Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus)

The greensnake was spotted during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 19 September 2014. I estimate this individual is approximately three feet (3′) in length.

Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus)

Some snakes tend to freeze and remain motionless when confronted by danger. As soon as the snake saw me, it froze in place just long enough for me to take a few photos. The greensnake slithered into dense vegetation alongside the boardwalk and disappeared quickly after a couple of hikers walked around the snake.

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One Response to “Northern Rough Greensnake”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Great find. Bring on the rest of the white whales!

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