Opheodrys aestivus (Linnaeus) – Rough Greensnake
Opheodrys aestivus (Linnaeus) – Rough Greensnake

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     Exact locality, based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Exact locality, based on literature record believed valid
     Approximate locality based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Approximate locality based on literature record believed valid
     County record only, based on specimens or photographs examined
     County record only, based on literature report believed valid
     Type locality
?      Questionable and/or problematic record

Taxonomy:  Two subspecies of the Rough Greensnake are recognized (Crother et al. 2012). These include O. a. aestivus (Northern Rough Greensnake) and O. a. carinatus (Florida Rough Greensnake). The one occurring in Tennessee is O. a. aestivus (Conant and Collins 1998). 

Distribution: The Rough Greensnake should probably be considered statewide in Tennessee.  However, records are lacking from most of the southern tier counties of Middle Tennessee, much of the Cumberland Plateau, and the counties of northeastern Tennessee.

Museum Records by Counties: AndersonUMMZ 115695, 115696; UTKVZC 2294, 6996.  BedfordMTSU  35S; SIU R-2570.  BentonAPSU 13755, 13766, 15907.  BlountGSMNP 4064, 4066, 4067.  CannonMTSU 33S, 38S, 45S, 61S-63S.  CarrollLSUMZ 34958.  CheathamAPSU 3547, 18812, 19283. CockeUSNM 169551.  CoffeeAPSU 17681; KU 83094; MTSU 44S. CrockettAPSU 19193.  DavidsonAPSU 5477; MTSU 127S.  DecaturKU 2469, 211110, 211111.  DeKalbSIU R-3026.  DicksonAPSU 2681, 3153. FentressAPSU 6184.  FranklinUSNM 55945, 55946.  GibsonAPSU 15848.  GilesLSUMZ 44004.  GreeneFLMNH 10796.  HamiltonMTSU 128S.  HardemanAPSU 16855-16857,16874, 16875, 16886, 16887, 16889, 16892; CMNH 16768, 16769; UMMZ 96841-96844.  HickmanAPSU 19378.  HoustonAPSU 3680.  KnoxCMNH 22483; MCZ 203, 2383; UMMZ 61129; UTKVZC 4177, 4182.  LakeKU 21636-21639; MoSU R2939-R2941, R3689; TTU 447, 624; UIMNH 1113, 15778, 16259.  MadisonAPSU 19127.  MauryAPSU 19184.  McMinnFLMNH 10792, 10794, 10795.  MonroeFLMNH 10800.  MontgomeryAPSU 1017, 1741, 2072, 2075, 2076, 2087, 2088, 2095, 2644, 3118, 5152, 5345, 5485, 5524, 5677; TTU uncataloged (1 specimen).  ObionAMNH R-71019; APSU 13761; KU 206546; MoSU R2937; UL 4363; UMMZ 84411.  OvertonLSUMZ 34796; TTU uncataloged (2 specimens).  PerryAPSU 3681, 12587; UTKVZC 6709.  PolkFLMNH 10790, 10793.  PutnamNCSM 8473, 8968; TTU 207, 862.  RheaFLMNH 10799.  RoaneFLMNH 10797; USNM 87316, 226578.  RobertsonAPSU 2889, 4357, 18023; LSUMZ 34789.  RutherfordMTSU 31S, 32S, 37S.  ScottFLMNH 10791.  SevierFLMNH 10798; GSMNP 4053, 4054, 4056, 4058-4063; UTKVZC 4178.  ShelbyAPSU 11904, 12318, 12319, 12769, 12984, 12085, 13757, 13759, 13764, 13768, 13771, 13772, 15903-15906, 16749; CMNH 125778; UL 4159.  StewartAPSU 203, 2077, 2988, 4949, 5151, 5397, 5482, 16008-16010, 18111SumnerUSNM 1575.  TiptonAPSU 19583.  Trousdale—APSU 19164.  Union—APSU 19181.  WeakleyAPSU 19252.  WilsonAPSU 19163. 

Literature Sources by Counties: AndersonJohnson (1964), Jenkins, et al. (2001).  BentonParker (1948).  CampbellTurner and Fowler (1981). CarrollStevens and Hedden (1970).  CheathamHopkins (2013).  ChesterEndsley (1954).  CockeKing (1939).  CoffeeNeimiller (2005).  DavidsonHopkins (1990). DeKalbHarris (1967).  FentressRhoads (1895).  FranklinMcCrady and Rodamor (1967), Cameron and McCrady (1978), Miller et al. (2005). HamiltonMiller (1996).  HardemanNorton (1971), Norton and Harvey (1975).  HaywoodStanley (2005).  HickmanFoster et al. (2013).  JacksonPowers and Niemiller (2013b).  MadisonColvin (2011g).  MauryFoster (2012).  MontgomeryScott (1967), Scott and Snyder (1968), Fitch (1998).  ObionParker (1937a, 1948).  OvertonGentry (1941), DeLotelle (1976). RoaneKrumholz (1954), Johnson (1964).  RutherfordNiemiller et al. (2011).  ScottRhoads (1895). SevierNecker (1934), King (1939), Huheey and Stupka (1967).  ShelbyParker (1948), Hassell (1961).  StewartJacob (1981), Zirkle (1993), Davenport (2005), Davenport and Scott (2009).  TiptonColvin et al. (2015b).  Trousdale—Fulbright and Wagner (2013c).  Union—Nelson et al. (2012).  Van BurenThawley et al. (2013b).  WeakleyBlanchard (2013a).  WilsonBlanchard (2012).

Questionable and/or Erroneous Records: None. 

Conservation Status: None.

Posted: 21 December 2009

Latest Revision: 11 February 2016


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