30+ Beautiful Black and Green Snakes (18 Are Venomous) | List

Today, we are back with a list of some uncommon snakes that are black and green. Undoubtedly, these snakes are very beautiful and elusive. The main reason behind it is many of them are nocturnal and secretive means they are shy and love to feed at night. People wonder whether black and green snakes are venomous. The short answer is yes. Nearly 60% of snakes on the list are venomous, and some are even deadly to humans. So, it’s better to first identify the species of green and black snakes before reaching out. So, now without any further delay, let’s begin the list.

Note: In the article, we have explained the ten rarest black and green snakes. The remaining are in the form of a list.

Black and Green Snakes

1) Mangshan Pit Viper

Mangshan Pit Viper

Let’s begin the list with Mangshan Pit Viper, also called Mang Mountain Pitviper. Like other pit vipers, this snake is highly venomous and can cause blood clotting and the destruction of muscle tissue.

The venom of this snake is highly dangerous and can kill people. These snakes are endemic to Hunan and Guangdong provinces in China.

Mangshan Pit Viper has a light or olive-green body with beautiful black and yellow patterns from head to tail. In the past, it was claimed that Mangshan Pit viper could also spit venom like spitting cobra but later on, researchers discarded this theory.

They are nocturnal and feed on birds, amphibians, and other small mammalshttps://howitsee.com/black-and-red-snakes/black at night. The average weight of the Mangshan Pit Viper can be around 3 to 5 kilograms.

  • Common Names: Mangshan iron-head snake, Chinese pit viper, Ironhead viper, and Mt. Mang pitviper
  • Scientific name: Protobothrops mangshanensis
  • Size: up to 203cm
  • Location: Hunan and Guangdong provinces in China

2) Jameson’s Mamba

Jameson's Mamba

Another rare black and green snake that are highly venomous is Jameson’s Mamba. By looking at its name, we are sure that you can consider how dangerous this snake is.

The venom of Jameson’s Mamba is highly neurotoxin that can cause vomiting, intense pain, difficulty breathing, and paralysis. A person can die within the span of three to four hours of being bitten. Jameson’s Mamba possesses the same threat level as Black Mamba.

Jameson’s Mamba is a long slender snake having pale green scales generally edged with black. These snakes have long tails that are primarily black. Very few studies have been recorded regarding Jameson’s Mamba.

They feed mainly on birds and small mammals, including rodents. The only predators of these snakes are martial eagles and honey badgers.

  • Scientific name: Dendroaspis jamesoni
  • Size: 1.5-2.2m
  • Location: Central Africa, West Africa, and in some parts of East Africa

3) Great Lakes Bush Viper

Great Lakes Bush Viper

Great Lakes Bush Viper is from the venomous family Viperidae. These snakes are incredibly beautiful and highly dangerous. The venom of the Great Lakes Bush Viper is extremely toxic and can cause severe bleeding, pain, swelling, and hemorrhaging.

The potency level of its venom still needs to be revealed. Great Lakes Bush Vipers are arboreal snakes found in swamps, grass, bushes, small trees, and bamboo. They are ambush predators, and the young use tail bait to attract large insects

Great Lakes Bush Vipers are light green in color with distinctive black markings.

  • Common Names: Great Lakes bush viper, Nitsche’s bush viper, black and green bush viper, Nitsche’s tree viper, sedge viper, green viper, bush viper
  • Scientific name: Atheris nitschei
  • Size: 60-80cm
  • Location: Central Africa from east DR Congo, Uganda, and west Tanzania southward to north Malawi and north Zambia

4) Eastern Twig Snake

Eastern Twig Snakes, commonly known as Eastern Vine Snakes, are one of the most dangerous venomous snakes endemic to Eastern Africa. These snakes are very shy and rarely seen due to their excellent camouflage.

Eastern Twig Snakes seldom bite, but their venom comprises haemotoxic results in blood clotting, immense pain, and uncontrolled bleeding. It has a pale green head and a light pink color belly. They mainly feed on small lizards and other small amphibians or reptiles.

  • Scientific name: Thelotornis mossambicanus
  • Size: 110-122cm
  • Location: south-eastern Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, southern Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, and eastern Zimbabwe

5) Yellow-Blotched Palm Pit Viper

Yellow-Blotched Palm Pit Viper

Currently, there is little information on the Yellow-Blotched Palm Pit Viper. Its Conservation Status is Vulnerable by IUCN 3.0. Like other pit vipers, Yellow-Blotched Palm Pit Vipers are also highly venomous and dangerous to humans.

These snakes are in green ground color with black markings on top and have a yellowish-green belly that is often lighter than the dorsum. They primarily feed on small frogs, lizards, and small rodents.

  • Common Names: Guatemalan palm viper
  • Scientific name: Atheris nitschei
  • Size: 70cm-1m
  • Location: Mexico and Guatemala

6) Amazonian Green Jararaca

Amazonian Green Jararaca is a highly venomous pit viper snake native to the Amazon forest situated in South America. 

The color pattern consists of lime green and yellow, with small patches on either side of the abdomen. Its habitat includes lowland rainforests, shrubs, palm trees, and nearby water bodies.

Amazonian green Jararaca are both diurnal and nocturnal. Their diet consists of small mammals like mice, birds, lizards, and frogs. The venom of this species can cause swelling, loss of consciousness, bleeding from the mouth, nose, and eyes, and sometimes death as well.

  • Common names: Two-Striped Forest-Pitviper, Amazonian palm viper, or green jararaca
  • Scientific name: Bothrops bilineatus
  • Size: 70-100cm
  • Location: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia

7) Temple Viper

Temple Viper is a highly venomous pit viper species that belongs to the family Viperidae and subfamily Crotalinae. These snakes are natives to Southeast Asia. It is referred to as temple Viper because of its utmost presence around the Temple of the Azure Cloud in Malaysia.

They exhibit a wide variety of color patterns. Temple viper’s brown or black body base has yellow and green bands with different pattern styles. The natural habitat is the forest, and they are nocturnal in nature. Their primary diet contains rodents, birds, and lizards.

  • Common names: Wagler’s pit viper, bamboo snake, temple snake, speckled pit viper
  • Scientific name: Tropidolaemus wagleri
  • Size: 75-100cm
  • Location: Southern Vietnam, southern Thailand, West Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

8) Lora Parrot Snake

Lora Parrot Snake is a slender snake of species Colubridae native to South America and Central America. The color pattern includes bright green, golden, or bronze hues with keels of dorsal scales in black or dark brown. It has an elongated neck and a long tail.

In the past, Lora Parrot snakes were thought to be non-venomous, but according to new research, they’re slightly venomous with localized pain and swelling. It feeds on lizards, frogs, and small birds.

  • Scientific name: Leptophis ahaetulla
  • Size: 68 inches
  • Location: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

9) Vogel’s Pit Viper

Vogel’s Pit Viper is native to Southeast Asia and is highly venomous in nature. Its habitat includes forests and savannas. It has a pure green basal body with scales spread throughout it and contains red eyes.

They show viviparous reproduction. Vogel’s pit viper feeds on small mammals and amphibians. Its habitat includes tropical evergreen and moist montane forests, which show nocturnal characteristics.

It’s highly unlikely to get bitten by Vogel’s Pit Viper. The venom of this snake can cause necrosis, neurotoxic paralysis, hemorrhage, renal damage, cardiotoxicity, etc.

  • Scientific name: Trimeresurus vogeli
  • Size: 80-110cm
  • Location: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

10) Florida Green Water Snake

Now let’s end this explanation with one common non-venomous snake, i.e., Florida Green Water Snake. These black and green snakes are commonly found throughout Florida in calm and bushy waters such as swamps and marshes.

They are from the harmless species of water snakes that mainly feed on fish, frogs, and other amphibians. The known predators of these beautiful snakes are hawks, kingsnakes, and alligators. Florida Green Water Snakes are typically olive-green or algae-green with black crossbars down the dorsum and on the sides.  

  • Scientific name: Nerodia floridana
  • Size: 140-188cm
  • Location: Florida, southern Georgia, and southern South Carolina 

Other List

  • 11) Plains Garter Snake
  • 12) Boomslang*
  • 13) Eastern ribbon snake
  • 14) Western Green Mamba*
  • 15) Green Anaconda
  • 16) Mojave Green Rattlesnake*
  • 17) Water Moccasin*
  • 18) Wall’s Krait*
  • 19) Ethiopian Mountain Adder*
  • 20) Asian Vine Snake*
  • 21) Speckled racer
  • 22) Cope’s Vine Snake*
  • 23) Spotted Bush Snake
  • 24) Red-Tailed Green Ratsnake
  • 25) Green Keelback
  • 26) Striped Lizard Eater
  • 27) Elegant Bronzeback
  • 28) Black-Speckled Palm Pit Viper*
  • 29) Schokar’s Bronzeback
  • 30) Tiger Keelback*
  • 31) Plain-Bellied Water Snake

(*) denotes venomous.

Here, we conclude our article on the list of Black and Green Snakes. There is a minor possibility that 1-2 names get repeated. So, if you find any repeated terms, kindly mention them in the comment box. We will be back with another exciting post. Till then, stay tuned with us and read the articles given below.


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