Opheodrys aestivus Rough Greensnake
Also known as:
Rough Green Snake
Subspecies I've seen:
O. a. aestivus
Northern Rough Greensnake
O. a. carinatus
Florida Rough Greensnake
Opheodrys aestivus aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake
Dismal Swamp State Park, Camden County, North CarolinaApril 12, 2008
Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus) Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus)
I really wanted to visit Dismal Swamp on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, simply because it has such a great name. There's a long-established Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge that's accessed from Virginia, and also a recently-established Dismal Swamp State Park that's in North Carolina. We briefly visited parts of both, starting with the state park. There wasn't much swamp in the part of the state park we traipsed through, but I did see this most excellent snake, which more than made up for the lack of seeing any other interesting herps.
Opheodrys aestivus carinatus Florida Rough Greensnake
near Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 23, 2013
Florida Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus carinatus) Florida Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus carinatus)
I came across this well-camouflaged arboreal snake while looking for exotic chameleons. They aren't seen nearly as often as many Florida snakes, probably because they hide so well in the foliage.
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