smooth greensnake

(Opheodrys vernalis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

smooth greensnake

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Widespread in Minnesota but in scattered populations

Habitat

Grassy areas: meadows, prairies, savannas, and woodland edges

Lifespan

Unknown, but presumed 4 to 10 years

Size

14 to 20

Photo by Keith Granby

Identification

Adults can be from 12 to 24 in length, though they are usually no more than 20 long. The scales are smooth, not keeled.

 
Similar
Species

This is the only bright green snake found in Minnesota.


Food

Mostly soft-bodies insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, and caterpillars, but also grubs, worms, and spiders.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 11, 14, 24, 29, 72, 74.


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Taxonomy
This species was formerly classified as Opheodrys vernalis and contained three subspecies. The genus Opheodrys contained only two species. A study of the genus by Oldham and Smith in 1991 found significant categorical differences between the two species that suggest divergent evolution. The author separated this species into its own genus, Liochlorophis. Crother in 2000 rejected the split. An analysis of the available evidence by Walley in 2003 supported the split. The same analysis rejected recognition of the three subspecies. Most print and online sources continue to refer to this species by its former classification, and consider Liochlorophis vernalis a synonym. The use of the genus Liochlorophis, though appropriate, has fallen out of usage.


Taxonomy

Order:

Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes)

 

Infraorder:

Serpentes (snakes)

 

Superfamily:

Colubroidea

 

Family:

Colubridae (colubrids, typical snakes)

 

Subfamily:

Colubrinae

 
Synonyms

Opheodrys vernalis

 
Common
Names

grass snake

smooth green snake

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