Smooth Green Snake

A Smooth Green Snake was captured, photographed and released at the Watershed Center’s Waterworks property on Plank Road in Bristol on 13 May. The sighting occurred during Otter Creek Audubon’s annual Warbler Warm-up. The snake was found in the overgrown field adjacent to the Plank Road parking area.

In Jim Andrews’ Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas¬†Kaile Burgess notes that smooth green snakes occur in beaver meadows, overgrown fields, pastures and sedge meadows, but that they are uncommon and “becoming difficult to find in Vermont.” The atlas map indicates the species had not previously been documented for Bristol.

– Warren King