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Rough Green Snake

Opheodrys aestivus

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Rough Green Snakes have a bright green emerald color which makes them easily camouflaged in shrubs and trees. The Rough Green Snake is a very thin and slender snake. It is not uncommon to find these snakes climbing through low-lying vegetation in the wild. Rough Green Snake Picture
Natural Location: South-Eastern United States
Average Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Estimated Size: 2' to 3'

Feeding & Water

Crickets, waxworm, butterworms and mealworms dusted with a multivitamin supplement make excellent food for the Rough Green Snake. Feeding should be done once or twice per week. Rough Green Snakes are very attractive to people who do not wish to feed live rodents to their pets.

Rough Green Snakes will defecate and swim in their water dish. Because of this is must be cleaned daily.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

A temperature gradient of 70 degrees F to 80 degrees F is ideal for Rough Green Snakes. A ceramic heater can be used as the primary heat source and an undertank heater as the secondary. Do not use a heat rock as your snake could easily burn itself on it.

10-12 hours per day of light is recommended and should be provided at a constant time throughout the day. It is very stressful to the snake if the light is on for too long.

A moderate humidity level is appropriate for these snakes, however they cannot stand stagnant air. To prevent this ensure that there is good ventilation at all times. A daily misting will help to maintain this humidity level.



Rough Green Snakes are relatively small snakes and thus do not require a large enclosure. However, ample room will still need to be supplied to the snake so that it can move around freely.

Branches should be provided to allow your Rough Green Snake to climb on. Some sort of a hiding area should also be available. Ensure that any plants inside the enclosure are non-toxic. Also make sure that there are no sharp objects in the enclosure which could harm your snake.


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