Pine Snake




Scientific name: Pituophis melanoleucus (DAUDIN 1803)

The following key will separate the two Pine Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a Back is dark brown to black; in Florida it is found only west of the Escambia River in the panhandle. Black Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi
1b Back is tan to rusty brown with distinct blotches; throughout the Florida peninsula and panhandle west to the Escambia River. Florida Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus

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