Saturday, June 24, 2006

Last Year's Green Snake


06/04/2005 @ 4:23:53 PM MDT
I found this smooth green snake (Liochlorophis vernalis) near a small river on the west slope of the Sangres north of Santa Fe. It was apparently eating some kind of small black beetle which was abundant in the bush over the snake. It bluffed a strike by holding its mouth open, which was dark purple inside.

10 Comments:

At 2:06 PM, Blogger lo said...

What a beautiful little snake!

I hate to admit it, but after letting this go last night after reading this post on boing boing, my annoying spelling ocd has gotten the best of me. I apologize in advance for inflicting my pedantry on you.

Okay. There is no accent over the "e" in the word "sangre."

One more time, v. v. sorry.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger jody said...

Thanks for the grammar info. No need to apologize.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger JULES said...

I just got myself a blog and I was browsing around when I saw yours. Snakes are the scariest thing to me (and I scared myself out looking at your pictures!!) but I have to admit that this one is rather cute! I might even consider holding a tiny green snake in may hands... I'm in Quebec, Canada so before I even get near a snake might take a while so I'm kinda safe!! I only saw 2 snakes (out of the zoo,of course!!!) in my whole life and I'm 33! Life is great in cold regions of this world. :-)

 
At 3:46 AM, Anonymous unknown said...

i saw the picture with snakes, you are so friedly with snakes, i think very rare people could even think of doing it. The adventure of life is to safe snakes,.......

i congrautes you for further adventure.

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Love your site! I love the pictures of snakes. I have always loved reptiles, even as a kid. Although my mom was not too fond of the "pets" I brought home from time to time ;)

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, i've always wanted a smooth green snake but my dad hates snakes and doesnt believe it when i say that all snakes arent venemous.

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger Paliakara said...

They are really fasinating creatures. Happy to learn about your rescue efforts. Would you mind my using your photographs ( one or two) for my own write up? (With credits for them)

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you know of any chain stores that would sell snakes just like that? if that snake bit someone would it hurt?

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger jody radzik said...

From what little I know of this species, it's not the easiest to keep captive. I've never seen them in any pet store, including reptile specialty stores.

The bite would be completely harmless. You'd probably have to be ultra-sensitive to even be bothered to feel it. You'd get more of a sense of the bite from the visual cue of watching it bite than feeling the bite.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Joe said...

I live on the upper Canyon Road area in Santa Fe and stepped on one of these green snakes yesterday in my lawn. Fortunately, I was wearing soft sandals and the snake was unharmed. Scared the you know what out of me as it slithered against the skin on my foot. Being a lifelong SF resident, I had never seen a bright, lime green snake before so I was a little worried about it being poisonous (Costa Rican flashbacks). Glad to hear it's not poisonous. The snake was about 8 inches long and maybe a half an inch wide. Thanks for the great info!

 

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