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22 September 2008

Mystery solved

Y'all are good! Spotting one of these on the old homestead is a rare treat.

I was so excited to cross paths with this beauty, it took me a minute to remember I should be taking pics. His head was in a little clump of grass and I got the impression he believed, for a few minutes, he was completely camouflaged.

These snakes sometimes nest communally. As many as 75 eggs have been found in a nest.

The scientific name can be broken down into meaningful terms. The genus Opheodrys can be translated as "tree serpent," Ophios is Greek for "serpent" and -drys is Greek for "tree." For the species, aestivus is the Latin word for "summer". The "rough green snake" therefore can be translated as the "summer tree serpent". *

*source: The Wyvern's Lair


Floridacracker said...

Beautifinous! I haven't come across one of these in the longest time.

SophieMae said...

FC, I've only seen 2 or 3 in the time we've lived here. These just might be my favourite snakes ever.

cedrorum said...

Again, great pictures. This is one of my favorite snakes. I used to see them at the Carolina Bay I worked at in South Carolina.