Animals & Habitats
Northern Pine Snake
Scientific Name
Pituophis melanoleucas
Eastern United States
Conservation Status
Least Concern


Pine snakes are strong, non-venomous constrictors. They strike at their prey and curl their body around the food until it goes still, and then reposition the prey and swallow their meal whole. Prey includes terrestrial vertebrates and eggs.


This snake is primarily diurnal. It basks in the sun in the summer months to regulate body temperature and hibernates in underground burrows in the winter. The snake’s versatility includes terrestrial as well as arboreal activities, which means it moves about on the ground and can climb up trees.