There are many green and yellow snake out there but knowing which one you are looking at and especially knowing if it is venomous is vital. The more notorious bright green and yellow Eastern Green Mamba are highly venomous.
Green and Yellow Snake
Green snakes belong to the snake family Colubridae, named for their color. Some of these green snakes are docile and harmless and can be found in our gardens. They are often nondescript, shy, nervous and inoffensive, trying to move away quickly as soon as they are detected.
There isn’t a snake called the Yellow snake, but the term ‘yellow snakes’ can be referring to the yellow rat snake from the colubrinae family for instance. The best way to identify yellow snakes is to look for other unique characteristics apart from the yellow scales.
Green and yellow snakes abound around the world. Who knows if they’re venomous or non-venomous. They’ll only strike out if you try to catch- or kill them. Venomous or non-venomous, they innocently slither around your garden, making a meal of insects, spiders or a mouse running near your house.
Whether or not the snake is potentially dangerous, you should never try to kill it. Believe it or not, most snakes are harmless, and despite the fears that many people may have, snakes can be useful to have around in your garden. In fact, if you spot a snake in the wilds or in your garden, you can count yourself lucky.
The idea when meeting a snake is to always keep your distance. This is particularly true if you’re unfamiliar with snakes. You certainly shouldn’t approach the snake to catch it. Just leave them alone as they’re playing an important part in the food chain.
For Venomous Snakes – Call a Snake Whisperer
Of course, if you know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that it’s a venomous snake, call a reputable snake expert who will come to your home and remove the snake for you. If you really don’t want snakes in your garden, keep your homes, gardens, and surroundings neat and tidy.
Snakes aren’t to be compared with rats or moles. They’re not something that requires ‘getting rid of’. Rats infest an area and require getting rid of. Snakes are mostly solitary creatures and will be useful in eating pests such as rats.
Location Gives Tips as To the Type of Snake it Is
You get similar looking snakes – yet one can be venomous and the other not. If you love snakes and realize their importance in nature, it is wise to take into account where you saw the snake, as this can be a good tip-off as to the type of green snake it could be. If you see green and yellow snakes in your garden, it might not be the snake you’re thinking of because some green and yellow snakes only occur in a certain area.
The Spotted Bush Snake – Exquisite and Harmless
A beautiful harmless green snake in South Africa is the slender Spotted Bush Snake with its orange eyes. Its a bright green snake with a distinct black pattern. It is commonly referred to as ‘The Garden Snake’ – a snake is frequently seen in and around homes.
The best thing to do when you see this snake is just to let it slither away by itself. They’re not out to get you and are merely on the lookout for their favorite food – geckos. It’s such a beautiful snake it would be a sin to kill it, especially since it is harmless.
Alert and active during the day, this green snake comes into the suburbs, often found in outbuildings where it hunts for geckos. Such a harmless snake is a pleasure to have in your garden. If however, you’re unsure about a snake’s identity, rather call a snake expert out to your property to have the snake identified and removed.
The Venomous Green Mamba
In KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, green snakes in your garden are more likely to be one of the harmless green snakes. There is, however, also the Green Mamba which can grow to lengths of 2.5m.
It is a beautiful, lime-green snake that spends most of its time in the foliage of a tree. This is where it’s at home, and it is spectacularly camouflaged among the leaves where it can hunt for prey such as birds, lizards, and small mammals. They’re shy and nervous and try to avoid humans. They’re capable of injecting high quantities of venom, and if you don’t get medical help quickly, mortality rates are high.
Green and Yellow Snakes of the World
Beyond your garden, and in the Amazon rainforest, for instance, you may well come across the tree-climbing, 2-striped forest pit viper, sometimes known as the Amazonian palm viper. It has a pale green body and a yellow face. You don’t want to be bitten by one of these snakes as it can cause terrible swelling and uncontrolled bleeding.
We look at some of the unusual, intriguing green snakes there are –
Types of Green Snakes
There are just so many snakes that are green in color. While there are a good number of green snakes that are venomous on the African continent, the only American venomous snakes that have a bit of green color are the cottonmouths and Mojave Rattlesnakes.
In Central America and Mexico, you get the palm pit vipers of which there are quite a few species, and most are bright green.
Some examples are the Guatemala palm pit viper and the Mexican palm pit viper. These palm vipers with their triangular shaped heads are venomous and a bite can be fatal.
The Eyelash Viper is another venomous snake that is part of the pit vipers group. It is also found in parts of Mexico and South America. They’re found in jungles and mountain forests. They reach about 32 inches in length and can be a brownish color or bright yellow. Its a carnivore, it has a wide, triangular head and it is only interested in attacking humans in self-defense.
Many ‘green colored snakes give bites which end up as fatalities each year in Asia. Most species of the Asian Lancehead have triangular shaped heads and are green. Like all vipers, they are venomous.
Australia is known for its venomous snakes, and they have one or two green snakes. The venomous Tiger snake can be brown or green, according to the region they are found. Their venom contains neurotoxins, affecting the nervous system. A bite from one of these serpents is considered a medical emergency.
There are some of the most venomous green snakes, but there are also non-venomous species.
◆ North America
North America has several snakes that are green in color. The Rough Green Snake is one. It is common throughout the southeastern United States – areas with lots of vegetation.
It’s a slim, grass-green colored arboreal snake, spending its time in trees. They don’t have venom and they kill their prey by constriction.
Green House Snake
The Green House Snake is always a favorite among snake enthusiasts in South Africa. Over the last few years, there have been quite a few new morphs emerging from these House Snakes and there is also a potential for even more new color mutations to be developed.
There are different color varieties of house snakes and this comes down to locality and species. Most are shades of brown, but there are other color varieties that have been bred such as the red and green.
The Aurora House Snake is a beautiful, harmless snake that likes grasslands, feeding on mice, lizards, frogs, and birds. It’s a shy snake that emits a foul-smelling musk smell when handled.
Angola Green Snake
If you were to meet the emerald green colored Angola Green Snake, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking that you’ve come across the Green Mamba. It is found in parts of Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and along the Mozambique/South African border. It is seldom seen in South Africa.
The harmless Angola Green Snake is an egg-laying snake. It has yellow eyes and is a more robust or stockier snake than the Mamba. It reaches a height of about 3 feet. When the snake becomes agitated, it puffs out the skin on the neck to reveal yellow speckling. It likes to be found along river banks and among reeds. It can swim well and it feeds on frogs, lizards, and birds. The snake, in turn, is eaten by other snakes as well as predatory birds.
Yellow and Green Snakes aren’t Evil
Snakes are seriously misunderstood, even in the 21st century. Us humans put them under a lot of stress just because we hang on to the many myths about snakes that there are. There are so many different species of snake and many of them can be distinguished by their color and patterns.
There are many green and yellow snakes, most of which are non-venomous. Some are so similar to other snakes in looks you could become confused. Snakes aren’t malicious – they’re merely defending themselves from humans.