Call it a Green Snake or grass snake, there's no mistaking this bright green creature. It is widespread in Nova Scotia, in grassy, shrubby or dry boggy areas, including lawns.
Green Snakes are frequently captured by people because they are active during the day. They should not be kept as pets, even for a short time, because most refuse to eat in captivity. Green Snakes rarely try to bite. Most couldn't get their mouth around your finger even if they wanted too. When you pick one up, it often winds cozily around your fingers.
These creatures are well camouflaged in grassy settings, and can move very quickly to escape noisy people. They can also climb up plants. They eat mostly moth larvae and spiders.
In midsummer, females lay from 3 to 8 eggs in damp places like under rocks or rotting wood, in open areas exposed to the sun's heat. The white eggs are about 2 to 3 cm long, and hatch into grey-green babies about 10 cm long.