Pine Snake



48"-100" long, a large and powerful snake with a small head.  Light colored (yellowish) snake with dark blotches on back and sides.  Snout somewhat pointed.  Pine snakes, in various subspecies (often called Gopher snakes0 are found throughout the southeastern U.S. and into Mexico.  They inhabit dry, sandy oak-pine woodlands, fields, and prairies.  This species is well know for its consumption of rodents.  When threatened, sometimes hisses loudly, flattens its head, vibrates its tail, and lunges at the intruder (mimicking a pit viper, perhaps).