Louisiana Pine Snake

The Louisiana Pine Snake (Pituophis ruthveni) has been proposed as threatened on the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will submit a final listing determination to the Federal Register on or before April 6, 2018. The decline of this species is largely due to habitat destruction and fire suppression. The majority of these snakes reside on industrial forestlands, and Louisiana Natural Heritage Program biologists have been actively working with the timber industry to increase habitat quality by facilitating controlled burning through various grant programs.

Louisiana Natural Heritage Program biologists have also been working with federal partners to develop a programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA). The CCAA will promote forest management practices that bolster Louisiana Pine Snake populations and are compatible with timber harvest/production. Private entities that meet the requirements of the CCAA can enter into a Certificate of Inclusion with LDWF for the Louisiana Pine Snake. This program will increase quality habitat, as well as protect private landowners from future regulations in the event the species is listed.