While looking for massasauga rattlesnakes, herpetologist Jeff Davis finds something rare and exciting: a smooth greensnake.
Two species of greensnake occur in Ohio. Because they are small and secretive, blend in well with their surroundings, and are comparatively rare throughout their range, green snakes are only occasionally encountered. Except for struggling violently when handled, even after being in captivity for some time, the green snakes are gentle and never bite. Unfortunately, they often cannot be induced to eat in captivity and therefore do not make hardy captives.
For more information about the Smooth Greensnake and other Ohio wildlife species, visit ODNR Division of Wildlife's species guide: wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/species-guide-index/reptiles/smooth-greensnake