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SMOOTH GREEN SNAKE

(Liochlorophis vernalis)

Picture of a smooth green snake

Area where smooth green snake is found in South Dakota

Characteristics

  • Small and slender
  • Greenish upper body, head and tail uniformly green, with a whitish belly
  • Smooth scales
  • Nonvenomous
  • Diet: Feeds primarily on insect
  • Habitat: prefers moist, grassy areas in prairies and meadows
  • Distribution: Black Hills, northern areas of the state - east of the Missouri River, and extreme southeastern South Dakota