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Northern Pine Snake

Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus

ON EXHIBIT:  Cove Forest in River Journey

Northern Pine Snake

Pine snakes are harmless but you would not guess that by their impressive threat display.  When threatened, pine snakes vibrate their tails rapidly and hiss loudly.  All of this is a bluff, but it works to scare away would-be predators. Pine snakes lay very large eggs; hatchlings are almost a foot long. These snakes are excellent burrowers, spending the majority of their time underground.

Pine snakes have no federal protection, but several states have them listed as threatened, with a few having laws protecting them.

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About This Animal

SIZE: 100 in (250 cm)

RANGE: Discontinuous from southern New Jersey south through South Carolina and east to Tennessee

HABITAT: Pine forests and pine barrens

DIET: Mammals and birds