image catesbyrs vol257
Image number: RS.18802
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Smooth green snake

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > snake

Description

Zoological study of a smooth green snake, Opheodrys vernalis, referred to here as Anguis viridis, shown twined around a branch of yaupon holly, Illex vomitoria.

Signed and inscribed below: 'Anguis &c Cassena &c'

Written in the associated description: 'This inoffensive little Snake abides amng the Branches of Trees and Shrubs, catching Flies and other Insects, on which they feed: They are generally about the Size of the Figure'.

Plate 57 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas