Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Green Snake

Here's a bright-eyed little guy. This green snake was slip-sliding through a cedar tree. If you check out Rurality's blog, you can see the interesting color change these snakes go through after death.
Green snakes are very arboreal. I have rarely seen one on the ground, but I have seen them on branches like this one, peeking out of knot holes, and more than once falling from the top of a tree...seemingly no worse for the fall.
Once, I looked up directly overhead to see what the blue jays were screeching about and PLOP...a green snake falls practically on to my upturned face.
They certainly are pretty, and I could swear I read once that they were very mildly venomous, but I am too busy to go verify that this morning and should not even be taking the time to write this little post.
Tempis fugit...or something like that.
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swamp4me said...

Busy day? Hope whatever you have to do is fun at least!
I have never heard or read anything about venom in green snakes. If you find your source, let me know.
Hognose snakes are mildly venomous but not enough to matter :)

Floridacracker said...

I checked too and no reference to venom. Something wrong that got stuck inbetween my grey matter....

Brian Mork said...

I keep two snakes as pets, and just wanted to help clarify any confusion over whether they are venomous or not. I'll use the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central/North American Reptiles and Amphibians as my source (for anyone curious).

Your picture looks like a "Rough Green Snake" or Opheodrys aestivus. No snakes within the genus Opheodrys are poisonous.

For the hognose snakes referenced by "swamp", I would just like to quote this bit: "Hognose snakes (genus Heterodon) - Serpents of extraordinary behavior. These are the 'spreadheads' that flatten their heads and necks, hiss loudly, and inflate their bodies with air, producing a show of hostility that has earned them a bad reputation. If the intruder fails to retreat or prods the snake with a stick, it may soon roll on its back, open its mouth, and give a few convulsive movements, and then lie still as though dead. Turn the snake right side up, and it promptly rolls over again, giving the bluff away. As a result of their behavior, these HARMLESS SNAKES have earned such dangerous-sounding names as 'hissing adder,' 'blow viper,' 'spreading adder,' 'hissing sand snake,' and 'puff adder.'"

Just wanted to help remove a stigma from some of my favorite animals. :)

- Brian

Floridacracker said...

Thanks for stopping by. They are both neat animals.