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Louisiana Pine Snake
The Louisiana Pine Snake is considered to be the most endangered vertebrate in North America. His demise is due to the decline in the pocket gopher (its dinner of choice) and the loss of longleaf pine forests. Audubon is one of the most important participants in this SSP, consistently reproducing multiple clutches each year, several of which have been released into the wild.
Of the 14 snakes that hatched in AZA zoos in 2011, nine were from Audubon Zoo—and we hope to hatch even more in 2012!