Black Pine Snake

Common Name: 
Black Pine Snake
Scientific Name: 

Pituophis melanoleucus

Large, Constricting Snakes

25-80 inches. Overall dark brown to nearly black with a row of large black blotches down the back, and with light markings on chin; young snakes are paler, with the dark spots being more distinct than in the adults; tip of snout pointed; scales keeled and in 27-32 rows.


Pine snakes occur in dry, open, mature pinelands. Their behavior and food is similar to that of the rat snakes, although they do not climb. They lay from 6-13 eggs.


There are two records from Washington Parish, one from the 1920s and one from 1964.

Black Pine Snake