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One of the friendly, non-venomous critters we run into while collecting. 'Smooth Green Snakes' are the only snake I see at the higher elevations. I've found Rattlesnaskess up close to 7,000', but beyond that only these little green guys. :) #rockymountains #smoothgreensnake #opheodrysvernalis

Typically I'm not a fan of in hand shots but this experience was really cool. Back in June, between several 80°-90°F days that rained a little bit, there was a short window where the weather would be in the mid 70s and drop into the 60s at night. My dad and I decided to take a quick run to some of my favorite local herping spots just to see if snakes were out or moving, and needless to say, there was a very good amount of them out. At one spot alone, we found plains garter snakes, fox snakes, water snakes, a brown snake, several species of frogs, and a milk snake. That alone was a great outing, but just to finish it off, we went to a board site that id created a couple weeks beforehand. We flipped most of the cover and found some chicago garter snakes, but I was hoping to find a green snake since I'd seen one that got killed by a lawnmower here as I put the boards out weeks back. We flipped the first board and found a garter snake but as I was putting the board down I saw the unmistakable coils of a green snake underneath. My dad's favorite color is green and this was his first green snake, so he was excited about that already, then we flipped the next board, found another garter snake, and a green snake coiled up next to it as well. I soon found out that both of the green snakes were gravid females that had developing eggs, so I took a couple in hand shots and let them go soon after. These ended up being my last green snakes of the year but hey, I'll take it. .
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Smooth green snakes
(Opheodrys vernalis)
Cook county, Illinois
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Met a friend on the trail yesterday! His name is Opheodrys vernalis.

The Smooth Greensnake (Opheodrys vernalis) is a small-to-medium (85 cm or ~33 in) slender green snake with an off-white belly. In Colorado, it lives near and within lush vegetation growing along mountain and foothills streams and nearby wet meadows. They are most active on the ground, though they occasionally climb into low vegetation. Observed with my dudes @highplainsdrifter007 and @matt_cage_.

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Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis), aka Grass Snake (nonvenomous) ❤ This cutie stuck around for a few photos, but wouldn't let me hold him 😭
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Here's a throwback to the largest Smooth Greensnake(Opheodrys vernalis) I've ever seen. I found it with @joshua.v.feltham while doing a survey for species at risk. This was one of my favourite herping moments of 2016, we observed 4 Smooth Greens within a radius of less than 10 meters and in a matter of less than 20 minutes. A software was used to measure the length of the individual post survey. This monster was 548mm (21.6") total length and 421mm(16.6") snout to vent. These snakes hibernate communally which is why we found so many close together, we likely found their hibernaculum.

Opheodrys vernalis (Smooth green snake) northern Wisconsin #snake #smoothgreensnake #wisconsin #herpetology #opheodrys #opheodrysvernalis

Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis) photographed in southern New Mexico.

The fun part of being new to field herping is that everything is a lifer 😊
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It is equally odd as it is exciting finding the northern species of Opheodrys under rocks when you are used to finding aestivus in the trees. Flipping little smooth green snakes under cover made for a wonderful rainy day out and proved worthy of the ten hour drive 😊 of course, we had other targets - hitting 40 timber rattlesnakes and a milk snake all in two days!
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