The Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis) is also called the Grass Snake. It is a non-venomous colubrid reptile from North America.
The Smooth Green Snake has a bright light-green back, with a yellow-white belly. It is slender with smooth dorsal (back) scales. It has large, round eyes.
It is a medium-sized snake, measuring up to 51 centimetres (20 inches) long.
The Smooth Green Snake is native to southeastern Canada, parts of America, and northern Mexico. It prefers marshes, meadows, open woods, and areas near streams and rivers. During hibernation, it looks for burrows, ant hills, and other dug-out underground areas.
It is non-aggressive and it seldom bites. It usually flees when threatened.
The Smooth Green Snake eats mainly insects and spiders, as well as worms and snails.
Females lay 4-6 white eggs in rabbit burrows, mounds of vegetation, or logs. The eggs hatch after 4-23 days.
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