Were we ever excited to see this snake! I personally have not seen one in the wild for about 10 years. I looked up why they are so rare and came up with this information: “Smooth Green snakes have been declining in numbers and local populations have been wiped out throughout their range. This is mainly the result of habitat destruction and pesticide use. Because their diet is mainly insects, they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of insecticides that are widely sprayed in agricultural areas”. Another reason to eat organic!
Here you have a rare view of the author of this blog, holding this smooth green snake. I noticed that the eyes were milky-looking, indicating that it was going to shed sometime soon. This snake was found in a grassy area just inland from the Georgian Bay in June. It was very patient with us as we ooed and awed over it. What a beautiful snake!