A Rough Green Snake In The Sand

Venturing into the world of wildlife photography often leads to delightful surprises and fascinating encounters. During one of my recent expeditions, I had the extraordinary opportunity to witness the unusual behavior of a Rough Green Snake, a creature known for its preference for thick brush and aversion to spending time on the ground.

Rough Green Snake In Sand
Rough Green Snake In Sand

As an avid wildlife photographer, I have come to expect the unexpected. However, observing a Rough Green Snake slithering through an open sandy terrain without its typical surrounding of lush vegetation was a sight that truly caught me off guard. These snakes are usually found camouflaged within dense brush and trees, making this encounter all the more intriguing.

It appeared that this particular Rough Green Snake had a purpose in mind, as it navigated across the sand, seemingly on a mission to reach a different area. The absence of its preferred habitat suggested that it had to traverse this unfamiliar terrain to achieve its intended destination. Witnessing this unusual behavior further piqued my curiosity, compelling me to capture the essence of this fascinating moment.

With my camera and lens in hand, I decided to crouch down low to get eye-level with the snake. If you look close at the photo you can see my reflection.

Rough Green Snakes, also known by their scientific name Opheodrys aestivus, possess an array of captivating features. These slender reptiles, typically measuring around 2-3 feet in length, display vibrant green scales that blend harmoniously with the foliage of their natural habitat. Their slender bodies and smooth texture enable them to navigate effortlessly through dense vegetation, allowing for effective camouflage and protection.

Aside from their preference for arboreal environments, Rough Green Snakes are also excellent climbers, relying on their strong, prehensile tails to secure themselves to branches and foliage. Their diet primarily consists of insects and small invertebrates, making them a valuable asset in natural pest control.

Witnessing the unexpected behavior of a Rough Green Snake traversing a sandy terrain far from its preferred habitat was a memorable experience. This encounter served as a reminder that nature continues to surprise us, challenging our preconceived notions and providing photographers with captivating opportunities. As we immerse ourselves in the world of wildlife, the intricate connection between the observer and the observed becomes evident, immortalized through the lens of a camera.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
  • Lens: Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro


  • Location: Fort Chaffee (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: October 11, 2008 (10:36:17 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/50 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 100 mm

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