Pine Woods Snake

Pinewoods Snake: (Rhadinaea flavilata)

Pinewood snakes (Rhadinaea flavilata), are members of the colubridae family. Pinewood snakes average in size between 10 to 12 inches long, with the record being 15.75 inches long. 
  

Pinewood snakes are small, with slender bodies and smooth scales. Their color patterns consist of an yellowish - brown to reddish. Their lips are whitish yellow, they also have a thin dark line that runs through the eye to the corner of its jaw. Their bellies are whitish - yellow in color. They also have round pupils. 
  


Pinewood snakes are found throughout most of Florida, south to Lake Okeechobee, and in isolated populations in the central panhandle. Their preferred habitats damp woodlands such as pine - lands, hardwood hammocks, cypress strands, usually under bark and in rotten logs and stumps.

 
Pinewood snakes, like all snakes are carnivores, primarily consuming small frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, insects and small snakes.


Pinewood snakes are nocturnal. They are relatively shy snakes and prefer to stay hidden from other animals and humans, preferably under rotten logs or tree bark. These snakes are very docile and tend not to bite when handled by humans. Pinewood snakes are also fossorial, meaning they burrow under ground, however they can be active during certain times of the year. Pinewood snakes are completely harmless to humans, pets and livestock.
 





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