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Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

species distribution map JPG -- Species Photo

Smooth green snakes, also known as green grass snakes, are bright green with a white chin and belly. Their long narrow mouths give them a smiling appearance. They are gentle snakes and have not been known to bite or defend themselves when handled.

These snakes are seldom seen due to their camouflage which blends in with their grassy habitat.

Smooth green snakes feed on grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders, insects and earthworms.

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