Louisiana Pinesnake - Pituophis ruthveni


*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

Other Common Names: 

Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Parts of west-central, central, and northern Louisiana.


Natural History: 

Best Time and Place to Observe:

Global Conservation Status:  Louisiana Pinesnakes are listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G2 (Imperiled).

Federal Conservation Status:  The Louisiana Pinesnake is a federally threatened species.

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Louisiana Pinesnakes have a ranking of S2 (imperiled because of rarity – 6-20 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this subspecies in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this subspecies please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the Florida Parishes.***

Author's Remarks: I helped to release an adult back where it was captured as part of a colleague’s research, and also was able to photograph a couple of juveniles that were captured as part of the research.

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