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Smooth Green Snake - Opheodrys (Liochlorophis) vernalis
Chris Cirrincione  formerly of  New Mexico and who  currently resides in the  Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas  area photographed  this  Smooth Green Snake Opheodrys (Liochlorophis) vernalis  while  herping in  Otero  County,  New Mexico.  While  this
species is  widespread throughout  the northeastern U.S.,  in our region,  Opheodrys (Liochlorophis) vernalis  is known only
from southeastern Texas, northern and southcentral New Mexico, and eastern Utah.  It should be noted that it has been more
than 30 years since a live Smooth Green Snake has been observed and documented in Texas where it is currently  listed as a
Threatened Species.  The species  is listed  as a  Species of Concern  in Utah,  but it has no  protected status in New Mexico.
                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Chris Cirrincione

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