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northern rough greensnake

Northern Rough Greensnake

The northern rough greensnake is a long and slender snake often seen in the Ozarks. It is light green above and has a white or yellowish belly. Scales on the back have small ridges or keels, making it feel rough to the touch. Unlike the similar smooth greensnake (O. vernalis), it is fairly common in Missouri.

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Northern Rough Greensnake (Northern Rough Green Snake)

Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
This long, slender snake is common in the Ozarks. It is light green above with a white or yellowish belly, and the scales on the back have small ridges or keels that feel rough to the touch. Its beautiful green color helps this mild-mannered insectivore blend in with the trees that are its home.

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small green snake coiled in straw

Smooth Greensnake

The smooth greensnake used to live in Missouri. It differs from the northern rough greensnake (O. aestivus aestivus) by having smooth scales, a smaller size and a more northern distribution in our state. It is a Species of Conservation Concern.

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