Rough Greensnake

Opheodrys aestivus

Description:   Averaging 22-32 inch long, it is a vine-like bright lime green snake often with a whitish, yellow or creamy colored belly.

Habitat: Semi-arboreal snake usually found in shrubbery along streams and other bodies of water.

Life History: Females lay up to a dozen eggs in rotting logs/stumps during late June thru July.

Range: Statewide

Additional Notes:

Behavior: A gentle snake that rarely tries to bite and even if it does rarely, if ever, breaks the skin.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee: No subspecies are recognized.

Distribution of the Rough Greensnake in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab