Aurora asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

what breed of snake is this?

I saw a snake in New Jersey that was fairly short and narrow, was a light green blended with brown, had black eyes, and other than that it had absolutely no stripes spots or markings.

Any guesses as to what breed of snake this was?

(It was much too light what you might call pale maple-leaf-green to be a gardener snake and I know it was obviously not a copperhead or rattler and I dont know of any other snakes they have in Jersey)


ALSO: It was a wild snake with very strange behavior---it slithered right under our feet which were in midair about to take another step!! (then it disapeared into some ivy and we went inside to get shoes!)

Update 2:

Thank you all for your intelligent and helpful info!! I'm really appreciative! I have not decided best answer or for sure what it was yet, but I think it may be a queen snake. I am going to have to look over all this helpful info again when I'm not so tired :D

Thanks for the info on gardner snakes as well. All of the gardeners in this certain area of west jersey are the same though. But it is cool to know that

Well like I said THANKS and I will look over all this more in the future.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I've been racking my brain for snakes that it might be; and the only things I can think of that could possibly match that description are Queen snakes, Smooth Green snakes, Rough green snakes, Northern Brown snakes, Eastern Worm snakes, or possibly a Smooth Earth snake. All of which are native to New Jersey and completely harmless.

    Keep in mind that depending on the lighting, certain snakes can look slightly different colors, and color/pattern variation can differ to some extent between individual snakes of the same species. :)

    Here are pictures of all of the above:

    Queen snake:

    Smooth Green snake:

    Rough Green snake:

    Northern Brown snake:

    Eastern Worm snake:

    Smooth Earth snake:

    I hope this helps, and if you have any further questions (or none of these seem to be the right snake); please feel free to message me and I will be more than happy to assist you. :)

    Good luck!

    Source(s): I've been keeping reptiles (snakes in particular) for over thirteen years.
  • 1 decade ago

    No real guess as to what type of snake that was, but garter snakes come in all types of colors, from light grey, light green, dark brown, dark green, almost black, light brown etc. The true identifying mark of garters is the stripe down the top of their back and the other stripes on either side from head to tail.

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