Ireland, the home of all things green, rolling hills, potatoes, and, of course, St. Patrick. But no snakes, there are no native snakes on the Emerald Isle. According to legend, this lack of seprentine squamates is thanks to none other than St. Patrick himself. The story tells of St. Patrick being bitten by a snake while on a 40 day fast in the wilds of Ireland, and in retribution he banished all the snakes from the island by chasing them into the sea!
So, in honor of our Saintly Snake Evictor, enjoy this beautiful smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis) that I found last spring hiking in Acadia National Park. These are small slender snakes that very rarely exceed 2-ft in length. They like grassy areas with small trees and shrubs, where they seek out their favorite invertebrate prey, such as grasshoppers and spiders.
St. Patrick banishing all the snakes from Ireland (photo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/0317-san-patricio.jpg)