Louisiana Pine Snake

Louisiana Pine Snake

Louisiana Pine Snake
Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Colubridae

Range

West central Louisiana and east Texas


Habitat

Sandy soil and second-growth longleaf pine forest. Some have been found near these forests in blackjack oak woodlands.


Diet

Eggs, birds, rodents, and rabbits

Size

3 - 5 ft.

Gestation

21 days

Incubation

60 days

Clutch

3 - 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • Non-venomous
  • Pocket gophers are the snake's most frequent food and the animal whose burrows it lives in.
  • This species was not discovered until the 1929.
  • The snake's unique habitat was profoundly altered by logging beginning during the great southern timber rush of the 1920s.
  • The snakes spend 60% of their time below ground.
  • The species is oviparous, with a gestation period of about 21 days, followed by 60 days of incubation.

 

Conservation

Recognized as one of the rarest snakes in North America, the Louisiana pine snake is protected in the wild and carefully managed in zoos.

Through the SSP program, young pine snakes are being reintroduced into their native territory in the hopes of re-establishing the wild population.

Areas of the Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana have been revived and are now an ideal location for releasing these endangered snakes.

A border collie trained to sniff out pine snakes will help researchers track them for study.

Endangered

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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