We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Parrot Snake?

By R. Stamm
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Leptophis ahaetulla is a slender, emerald green, non-venomous snake with a large, triangular head. Also known as a parrot snake, it is an extremely agile breed with aggressive hunting skills that feeds on small animals or insects in its habitat. There are six different varieties of Leptophis ahaetulla, and all reproduce by laying eggs. While they are usually found living in the rain forests of South America, they can also survive in dry areas.

From the Colubridae family, this breed is an exceptionally slender snake that can grow to over 6 feet (about 2m) in length. It is generally characterized as having a bright, grass-green body on the top with the belly ranging from a light green to white. The chin of the snake is often light blue in color, and many have big yellow and black eyes set into a large triangular head. Some Costa Rican parrot snakes have a stripe which runs down the length of the body.

The parrot snake is diurnal, meaning that is it mostly active during the daytime and sleeps in vegetation at night. In the forests where it lives, the snake's diet helps keep the amphibian populations in balance. The snake is an aggressive hunter who continually moves through tree branches in search of food such as amphibians, reptiles, small birds, and even some insects. When threatened, it will raise the anterior part of its body, recoil, open its mouth, and perform a dummy strike on the intended target.

The parrot snake can be found living in a wide range of habitats. It is usually found camouflaged in the trees or the brush of low- and middle-elevation tropical rain forests in southern Mexico, Central America, and Argentina. In addition to tropical rain forests, it can be found living in the hot, dry shrub lands and thorny forests of Brazil.

It is important to note that some snakes called "parrot" in certain areas are poisonous. A snake known as the Guyanese parrot snake looks similar to the nonpoisonous green parrot. The Guyanese parrot is a viper that is darker in color and has stripes on the body, a peppering of black spots, and a creamy yellow stripe running the length of the body. The Guyanese parrot snake is found living in South American countries such as Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana. It can also be found in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By SteamLouis — On Jul 14, 2014

I wrote a short paper on this type of snake and also used a lot of pictures. I can't believe how thin this snake's body is, it looks like it's pressed down. The width of its head is bigger than the width of its body. It looks impressive in a side shot, but kind of goofy from the front!

By ZipLine — On Jul 14, 2014

@donasmrs-- You are absolutely right. Parrot snake has fangs, it bites and some varieties do have a venom, but it's not dangerous. Many people say that it doesn't have a venom for this reason, but that's not true.

Although the venom of parrot snakes does not cause serious and permanent problems, the venom can cause bleeding because it prevents blood from clotting. I'm sure the bite is very painful as well.

These are definitely not snakes that like to be handled. So it is a good idea to leave them alone. I agree with you that they're very attractive though, they're just beautiful creatures.

By donasmrs — On Jul 13, 2014

The parrot snake has an amazingly beautiful color. It's a very bright green that really reminds one of parrots, or of the tropics in general. Although the snake is beautiful, I think it's aggressive. Almost every parrot snake picture I've seen featured a parrot snake with its mouth wide open and ready to attack. And if I'm not wrong, although these snakes are not venomous, they do have teeth and they will bite and cause bleeding.

I just know that if I ever visit their habitat in South America and see one, I will admire it from afar!

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.