Camouflage

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A young rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) climbing on my florida flame azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)

I assumed that this tiny rough green snake was a recent hatchling, but according to Reptiles of North Carolina [1], most clutches are laid in June or July and hatch in August or September.  It’s hard to believe that something so small could survive the rigors of last winter.

It seemed to like this azalea and spent most of the afternoon in its branches, retreating to the center of the bush when I approached too close, and climbing to the tallest twigs when I moved away.

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Reference

  1.  Palmer W.M. and Braswell A.L. (1995).  Reptiles of North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

9 thoughts on “Camouflage

  1. What a beautiful snake. I actually like snakes, I just don’t like to be surprised by them. No poisonous snakes in our area. Where we used to live we had copperheads but in 30 years I never saw one on our property. Lots of black snakes and corn snakes. All welcomed as they kept the rodent population down. Three years ago I saw two black snakes on our property here but that’s been the only time. I would welcome more.

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    1. We have a fair number of copperheads, but they mind their own business. Lots of black racers and black rat snakes. I wish we had corns, but the only one I’ve seen is my daughter’s pet.

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