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Description:Plain light green, slender snake with white, cream or yellow belly. Adult length is 22-32 in. (56-81 cm). Juvenile coloration is similar to adults, but not as brightly colored. The females lay up to a dozen eggs in rotting logs or stumps during June or July. The eggs hatch in late summer. It is docile and will not bite.
Habitat:This snake is distinctly arboreal and is found in trees, low bushes, tangles of vines, or tall grass. Often found in lush green vegetation overhanging streams and ponds and in gardens. It escapes from predators by climbing into dense vegetation for camouflage.
Distribution:Ranges from northern Florida to southern New Jersey and west to eastern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.
American alligator [Image courtesy of James Henderson, Gulf South Research Corporation, www.insectimages.org]
Reptiles belong to the class Reptilia. They are ectotherms (cold-blooded), vertebrates, and have skin that is covered with hard overlapping scales. Many lay their eggs on land, usually buried in the ground. The young look like miniature versions of their parents. Reptiles include alligators, lizards, snakes, and turtles.
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