The Greater Green Snake (Cyclophiops major) is a snake of the family Colubridae found in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.


A slender, medium-sized snake, averaging 75–90 cm in total length, but occasionally growing to 120 cm. Bright green above; ventral scales greenish-yellow. Scale smooth except that males have several mid-dorsal scale rows keeled. Some specimens have scattered black spots on dorsum.

Habits and habitatEdit

This snake is diurnal and semi-arboreal, living in humid forests and farmland. When encountered, they are mild-mannered and rarely bite.[1]


Earthworms, insect larvae, and other soft-bodied invertebrates.[1]


Oviparous. Lays 2–16 eggs per clutch. Young snakes hatch in about two months.


Central/South China (Hainan, Henan, Gansu, Anhui, Sichuan, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Zhejiang), Taiwan, N. Vietnam, Laos.[1]


  • Karsen, S. J., Lau, M.W.N, & Bogadek, A. (1998). Hong Kong Amphibians and Reptiles (2nd Edition). Provisional Urban Council Hong Kong. ISBN 962-7849-05-7

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