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Pine Snake Northern

Pine Snake Northern
Species Name:
Pituophis melanoleucus
Not venomous

Common Name:
Pine Snake Northern

Species Name:
Pituophis melanoleucus


KSNPC status is: Threatened


Adults can reach up to 5' in length. The head is pointed and somewhat smallish for a snake this size. Look for dark blotches on a yellowish to light gray body.


Eats rodents sometimes birds & their eggs. Only found in dry sandy uplands and they spend much time underground. When cornered they will hiss loudly and strike.

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