Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rough Green Snake

Opheodrys aestivus hanging out in the Dracaena

The rough green snake is so-called because it has keeled scales. The 'keel' is a small ridge which runs the length of each scale. I accidentally poured fish emulsion on this poor guy, which tipped me off to his presence. He was nearly invisible in the foliage ("that's an odd vine...oh!"). What a gorgeous little snake! (And I really am sorry for pouring stinky fish water on your tail.)

The keel is clearly visible in this photo

It was a rather warm, humid day with a high of 79 F. A good day for basking in the garden.

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