NON-VENOMOUS

Other common names

Florida Rough Greensnake, Northern Rough Greensnake, Rough Green Snake, Green Snake

Basic description

Most adult Rough greensnakes are about 14-33 inches (35-82 cm) in total length. This is a long and slender bright green snake with a cream to yellow belly. The belly color extends onto the chin and lips. Juvenile coloration is similar to adults but not as vivid.

Range in Florida

Rough greensnakes are found throughout mainland Florida in every county. They also occur throughout the Florida Keys.

Assessment of risk to people and pets

Non-venomous. Rough greensnakes are not dangerous to people or pets. The snakes are not aggressive and avoid direct contact with people and pets.

Comparison with other species

There are no other (native) bright green snakes in Florida.

Share your observations

You can help scientists better understand the biology and distribution of this species by sharing your observations. Send photos or videos of interesting observations, along with associated information, by emailing the herpetology staff at the Florida Museum for documentation in the Museum’s Herpetology Master Database. You can also post your observations on iNaturalist.

Additional helpful information

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Still have questions about snakes or identifications? Feel free to email the herpetology staff at the Florida Museum with your questions or feedback on this profile.

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