Field Guide to Maryland's Snakes (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Serpentes, Family Colubridae
Photo of Smooth Greensnake courtesy of Matt Sell
14 inches - 20 inches. Record: 26 inches.
Photo of Smooth Greensnake courtesy of John White
Prefers open areas like fields, meadows, marshes, stream edges, open woodlands and hillsides at higher elevations.
How to Find
Usually found on the ground in the open but also may hide under rocks and logs. In the spring, as these creatures emerge from hibernation, look around anthills or other animals' burrows. Non-venomous.
Photo of Habitat for Smooth Greensnake
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Distribution in Maryland
Found in western Maryland, from Frederick County to Garrett County.
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- Problems with Buying Frogs and Tadpoles for Wild Release
- Technical Guide: A Key to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland - 86.3 MB pdf file
- Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project
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