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Louisiana Pine Snake
The snakes spend 60% of their time below ground. They can hiss loudly when restrained but are non-venomous.
Rodents, rabbits, birds and eggs
Sandy soils and open pine forests
Recognized as one of the rarest snake in North America, the Louisiana pine snake is protected in the wild and carefully managed in zoos. Louisiana pine snake survival depends on the Baird’s pocket gopher, the primary food source. A number of zoos and governmental agencies are working diligently on recovery efforts for the Louisiana pine snake. American Zoo and Aquarium Association manages a Species Survival Plan for the snake to oversee the captive population. Audubon Zoo is a proud participant.
- The Louisiana pine snake has large eggs and large hatchlings (18 – 22 inches).
- There are four eggs to a clutch.
- Low reproductive rates hamper efforts to repopulate traditional habitats.
Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Reptilia, Squamata, Serepentes, Colubridae
Place of Birth
Louisiana and eastern Texas
Buff with dark brown markings