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Pine Woods Snake

The shy Pine Woods Snake is known to be a fossorial, meaning it prefers to live in burrows, away from other animals and humans. The nocturnal snake doesn’t change its appearance throughout its life and the only difference between a juvenile and an adult is their size.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Clade Tetrapodomorpha
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Rhadinaea
    Scientific Name Rhadinaea flavilata


    Other names brown-headed snake, yellow-lipped snake
    Size 25-33 cm; one measured with 40 cm of length
    Color Reddish to golden brown, dark brown head, paler or yellow underside, yellow upper lips scales, a stripe striking across the eyes
    Distribution Peninsula Florida, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia
    Habitat Swamps, damp woodlands, loose soil, under tree bark
    Diet Salamanders, small snakes, lizard, and frogs
    Venom fact Mildly venomous
    Breeding season Late winter to mid-spring
    Clutch size 2-4 eggs
    Incubation period 3-4 weeks
    Average lifespan 1-2 years, maximum 3 years in captivity and care
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on November 2nd 2018 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 2nd November 2018.

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