Smooth Green Snake
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photo by Jeff Humphries
Allegheny Mtn, Pendleton Co., West Virginia elev. 3,900 ft.
|Species Description: This
snake may attain a length of up to 22 inches (56 cm). The back is
bright green and the belly is yellowish-white. It has smooth scales
in 15 rows at mid-body. The only other green snake in the state,
the rough green, has keeled scales and a much longer tail than the smooth
Habitat: Smooth green snakes are usually found in old fields, meadows, and around houses. They can be found by flipping boards and rocks.
Breeding Activity: Mating has been observed in mid to late August. Between 5 and 11 eggs are deposited in late June to early July under stones or logs. Hatching probably occurs in August.
Range: In West Virginia, the smooth green snake is found mainly at higher elevations.
Comments: Smooth green snakes are very docile and will rarely, if ever, attempt to bite. They feed mainly on grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, and spiders.