Animal Stories - Rough Green Snake

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   The beautiful Rough Green Snake is not only lovely to look at, but is so very gentle that it is a pleasure to handle!
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Jessika - 2008-09-15
I bought a rough green snake 3 weeks ago and I can't seem to get it to eat. The tank it resides in is a 10 gallon, the humidity is always around 65-70', and there is adequate climbing and hiding places. I have 2 small crickets in there now that have been living in there since I got the snake. But it still wont eat. I even put a waxworm in it yesterday, and still no eating. What am I doing wrong?
I love the snake, its a beautiful color and stays small, very docile allowing me to hold it everday. I really don't want to return it to the pet store I got it from. But how do I get it to eat?

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  • Audra - 2010-04-28
    Hi Jessika...
    I would stop handling it until it eats.... :)
  • Jesse - 2010-11-05
    It sounds like your snake is stressed. You should stop handling it every day. Sometimes snakes get stressed from over handling and will refuse to eat. I suggest no handling at all and opening the tank as little as possible (only to change the water) until it eats. Also, make sure there is plenty of greenery in the tank. Green snakes may become stressed if there are no green places for it to hide in as they are used to blending in with their environment.

    If you do decide to return the snake, I suggest getting a kingsnake instead. Kingsnakes are excellent eaters. If I let it, mine would eat frozen pinkies (baby mice) until it was too fat to move. You will need to buy a bigger tank later on (they get between 4-5 feet long), but a 10 gallon should be alright for a baby. They are also very docile, I hold mine every day except the days it eats and the day after and it has NEVER bitten me. Hope this helps.
nikola - 2010-10-29
Hi. I have a wild snake. It's 20 cm long now. I noticed a lump with sharp edges on its body. It looks like it have eaten a rock from the substrate. Is there something i can do?

ME - 2010-06-28
Should not keep wild snakes......

Amber - 2010-06-24
Our neighbor caught a RGS yesterday, but his girlfriend wouldn't allow him to keep it. He gave her to us, and so far, so good! She ate today, and she is healthy! Her color is vibrant, eyes clear, and no mites. We are thrilled with her. (Yes, I am sure it's a girl-- I learned how to sex snakes at camp as a teen.) Knowing nothing about her, we put her in an aquarium overnight, with a screen lid on top- the next morning, she had escaped! We found her easily enough, climbing on our aquarium stand across the room. She hasn't been aggressive AT ALL, Even my children can handle her, and my husband just loves her to pieces! We named her Escape (pronounced Eh- skah- pay).

Dave Snyder - 2009-11-15
It was good to hear of someone else who appreciates these beauties (Riana)! I've got 3 now. I have them in a large cage in my classroom (I teach 6th Grade Science). The kids absolutely love them as do I. From researching them, I've found that many die prematurely due to their diet and/or not having the enough humidity. I've only had mine for two months and I am trying as much as possible to vary their diet. However, crickets are the most readily available. But from what I understand it is best to feed them younger crickets with a soft/or no exoskeleton and to gut-load them with a mix of cricket food,collard greens and carrots. Please share any info you have too so we all have a better chance of keeping these guys alive.

Dave Snyder - 2009-11-14
I teach 6th Grade Science in Virginia. I'm the sponser of the very popular "Snake Club" that meets every other week at the end of the day on Wednesdays. I thought Rough Green Snakes would be a good addition/replacement for what I already had. Boy was I right! I love these little guys and the kids do too. They are very active and for the most part are agreeable to being held. I ordered 2 yearlings and 2 hatchlings from Don Scolara in Florida. He sent me great ones and threw in an adult as a bonus. I've had them now for about 2 months. Unfortunately the two babies just died. I'm going to learn as much as I can so that when the female yearling that I have lays eggs next year (I hope), I will know better about keeping them alive. In the last two months, I have been tweaking their cage environment and find that they like 20-50% humidity and 70-90 degrees in Temperature. They eat crickets but they should be small crickets b/c they can't digest hard exoskeletons. My big one ate a huge spider. They also ate moths. The more soft-bodied insects we can get them to eat, the better. They do well on a varied diet from what I have read. If you feed them crickets than gut-load them by feeding them cricket food and collard greens and carrots. I too am shocked that these aren't more popular in the pet trade.

riann - 2009-11-08
I was going to buy a rough green snake from someone online and didn't due to high shipping. It's a good thing I didn't because my son found one in our backyard. I brought it inside and it's in a terrarium with a turtle shell to hide under and some faux foliage to climb around on. When I first brought him in he would musk me a little if I startled him, but he stopped doing that completely in a couple days. He doesn't rub his nose raw looking to escape and he eats really well (from a bowl no less!!), and really seems to enjoy handling. I take him out almost every day and lay him across my shoulders, he twines his body in my hair and around my neck and is content to stay that way for long periods of time. I don't understand why these aren't more prevalent in the pet trade, they are excellent pets.

trista schwartz - 2009-10-03
My daughter has a rgs and it seems friendly enough. I put freshly mowed grass in the tank every few days and keep it under a lamp. We've only had it a couple of days but it eats good and seems happy. I let it loose to crawl all over the house but it seems to stay in the living room and it eats the roaches we have along with crickets. I guess we're doing alright with it. My 6 yr old named it jacob, which we're not sure if it's a boy or girl.

sondra blanks - 2008-07-18
My husband brought home a RGS about two weeks ago and it is very frendly. It likes to be held, my children love to hold it and it crawls all over them. I have not had any problems with it. I'm asuming it is a female since I got up this mornning and there where six eggs in the tank with it. I have been feeding her grass hoppers Caterpillars and small frogs. She eats when she wants. Sometimes she will go a couple of days without eating but she is doing good so far.

Tnoble - 2008-06-06
I have two RGS. My kids caught them at the river last summer. We feed them crickets from a local bait shop in the winter time. In the spring and summer we catch all kinds of bugs on the front porch (by the lights at night). We live in Alabama so its relatively warm all year and its easy to catch bugs for them. My kids like to take them out of the tank and play with them sometimes. I recently found out that they are male and female because we have eggs in the tank now. She had 5 eggs about 3 weeks ago. They are pale yellow in color and are almost as big as a jelly bean. Im excited to see if they are gonna hatch! I sure hope so! We might have to get a bigger tank for the whole family, I dunno. I wonder if anyone elso has had good luck hatching eggs in captivity.