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Rough Green Snake

NON-VENOMOUS

Snake

Snake

Scientific name: Opheodrys aestivus (LINNAEUS 1766)

The following key will separate the two Rough Green Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a The scales are keeled, the scale in the third row of dorsal scales opposite the seventh belly scale is usually not keeled; northern peninsular and panhandle Florida. Northern Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
1b The scales are strongly keeled, the scale in the third row of dorsal scales opposite the seventh belly scale is usually keeled; lower peninsular Florida. Florida Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus carinatus

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