I assumed that this tiny rough green snake was a recent hatchling, but according to Reptiles of North Carolina , 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.
- Palmer W.M. and Braswell A.L. (1995). Reptiles of North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.