Our Northern Pine Snake arrived at Reflection Riding in 2007. He eats two mice every week in the spring and summer months. In the wild, pine snakes live in longleaf pine or turkey oak forests. They are sometimes found in abandoned fields and dry mountain ridges.
- The Northern Pine Snake is a secretive, burrowing species. It spends much of its time in abandoned animal burrows or burrows of its own construction dug under old stumps or similar cover.
- The Northern Pine Snake is listed as threatened in Tennessee with a Management Concern – an unofficial indication that this species has been brought to federal attention for review for possible future federal listing.
What to look for:
- The snakes in Snake Tale Alley are fed on Fridays during the warmer months of the year.
- The Northern Pine Snake’s threat display involves a loud hissing sound it makes by forcing air from its lungs over a special flap of skin in its windpipe.
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