Green Mamba???

From my June 10, 2016 nature journal...
Rough Greensnake
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 30531059 - Rough Greensnake; Walton County, Georgia. June 10, 2016.

A frantic 911 caller sent one of our animal control officers out to catch this "highly venomous Green Mamba" they had in their house. No doubt, it must have escaped from an exotic animal breeder somewhere nearby (right). Well, actually, it was just a Rough Green Snake; a very common and harmless garden variety snake found here in Georgia. But a very beautiful specimen nonetheless!

Rough Greensnakes (Opheodrys aestivus) are probably the most arboreal snakes in our region and spend the majority of their time hunting for insects, spiders, and other invertebrates in vegetation well above the ground. When encountered, greensnakes often freeze, relying on their green coloration for camouflage. (Source: Savannah River Ecology Laboratory website)

Greensnakes are quite camouflaged in the wild, blending in with the other slender green vines and vegetation. I’ve often walk by one only to have it drop from a branch and slither away quicker than a photo can be taken. This specimen, however, was quite easy to photograph. A little bit of handling tired it out and it became fairly docile. It let me use a variety of lenses as I posed it in a nearby tree for some more natural looking photographs.

Many harmless snakes are misidentified and unfortunately killed. In our region (the southeastern United States), there are only a few species of venomous snakes. Learning to identify the few venomous snakes might save a harmless and ecologically beneficial snake’s life next time it happens to crawl into your home.

​Walton County, Georgia

Rough Greensnake
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 30531059 - Rough Greensnake; Walton County, Georgia. June 10, 2016.

Publicado el 10 de junio de 2022 14:25 por williamwisephoto williamwisephoto


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Culebra Verde Rugosa (Opheodrys aestivus)


Junio 10, 2016 a las 09:46 MAÑANA EDT


Picked up on an animal control call. Posed for photo before release; Walton County, Georgia.


Eastern Green Mambas are only seen in Africa, as well as their cousins, the Black Mambas. A green mamba would be a lot bigger in size. I’ve seen a Rough Greensnake, which was tiny.

Publicado por angello1225 hace más de 1 año

Very true. But unfortunately the average citizen that calls animal control doesn't really know their snakes and thinks everything is a cobra or some other venomous snake!

Publicado por williamwisephoto hace más de 1 año

How do you find greensnakes?

Publicado por wildlife13 hace alrededor de 1 año

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