Eastern Pinesnake - Pituophis melanoleucus

Pituophis melanoleucus

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

Other Common Names: 

Subspecies: Only the Black Pinesnake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Known only from Washington Parish in the extreme northeastern Florida Parishes.


Natural History: 

Best Time and Place to Observe:

Global Conservation Status:  Eastern Pinesnakes are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G4 (Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  The Black Pinesnake, a subspecies of the Eastern Pinesnake known only from the extreme eastern Florida Parishes, is a federally threatened species.

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Black Pinesnakes, a subspecies of the Eastern Pinesnake known only from the extreme eastern Florida Parishes, have a ranking of S1 (critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this subspecies in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this subspecies please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the Florida Parishes.***

Author's Remarks: I have never observed this species in the wild.

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