Northern Rough Green Snake

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What does the northern rough green snake look like?

The northern rough green snake is a long and slender species that has light green back () and a whitish or pale yellowish under belly (). The maximum length of this species is 22” inches to 32” inches long. The scales on their back have small ridges which makes this snake feel rough to the touch.

Where is the northern rough green snake found in Montgomery County?

The northern rough green snake is found throughout all of Montgomery County. This species prefers to be off the ground in trees, shrubs, low hanging branches and the roof joists and gutters of old abandoned homes and buildings. Montgomery County snake removal professionals rarely find this species in human occupied homes however they have removed several northern rough green snakes from backyards with overgrown trees.

What animals pray on the northern rough green snake?

Raccoons, large birds, opossums, weasels, owls, other snakes and fox will feed on the northern rough green snake. The green color of this species is a great defense mechanism that helps it to blend in well with the leaves on trees and bushes.

Is the northern rough green snake venomous?

The northern rough green snake is not venomous however it will bite if it feels threatened.

What does the northern rough green snake eat?

The northern rough green snake feeds on soft-bodied insects like grasshoppers, crickets, some spiders and caterpillars.

What are the habits of the northern rough green snake?

The northern rough green snake is most active during the daytime. This stealthy snake will blend in so well with its surroundings making it impossible to find. Montgomery County residents that have a lot of trees surrounding their home often see this species of snake hanging on a low branch. They are sometime seen in old abandoned homes and buildings however they are almost never seen in a home occupied by humans.

What are the hibernation habits of the northern rough green snake?

Hibernation begins in October for the northern rough green snake and ends in April. They hibernate in hollowed trees, logs, and tree stumps. They are known to hibernate with other snakes of the same species as well as different species.

What are the reproduction habits of the northern rough green snake?

The northern rough green snake mates in April when they come out of hibernation or in October before hibernation begins. If the female mated In April the she will lay 1 to 10 eggs in June which will hatch out in August. If the female mated in October before hibernation she will store the sperm and release it in April as she emerges from hibernation. Females leave the safety of the bushes and trees to lay their eggs in leaf litter, brush piles, rotten tree stumps, old piles of trash or under piles of rock or firewood. Even thou this snake is solitary it will lay its eggs in the same area as other northern rough green snakes. The young are around 7” inches long when they hatch and are a brownish greenish color on top and whitish on the bottom.

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