Black Pine Snake

Black Pine snake: (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi)

The black pine snake (pituophis melanoleucus lodingi), belongs to the colubridae family. Black pine snakes average in size between 48 to 64 inches long, with the record being 89 inches long.
 

Black pine snakes are black or dark brown in color covering its entire large stout body, including its belly. There also may be some faint blotches on its under sides and tail. Their snouts are semi - pointed which is covered with a large triangular cone shaped rostral scale. This particular snake has four large scales on the top of its snout, rather than two as in many snakes. They also have round pupils.

 

The black pine snake is found in the panhandle of Florida. Their preferred habitats have dry sandy soils, mainly in cultivated fields, prairies, pine and mixed hardwood forests.

 
Black pine snakes, like all snakes are carnivores, primarily consuming pocket gophers, rodents, small, birds and their eggs as well as reptile eggs.




Black pine snakes are mainly active during the day but may become active at night during warmer temperatures. They are aggressive snakes, and when threatened they will inflate and lunge its fore body off the ground, vibrating the end of their tail against the ground, hissing loudly and striking vigorously. When its tail vibrates against leaf vegetation it sounds like a rattlesnake. Their bite is strong, powerful and painful, but harmless to humans. 








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