Field Guide to Maryland's Snakes (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Serpentes, Family Colubridae
Pituophis m. melanoleucus
Photo of Northern Pinesnake courtesy of Scott A. Smith
48 - 66 inches. Record - 83 inches.
Photo of Northern Pinesnake courtesy of John White
Flat sandy pine barrens and sand ridges, usually in or near pine woods.
How to Find
There are only 6 historical records for this snake in Maryland (Worcester, Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties) and its current status as a member of our fauna is questionable. However, this burrowing species is so secretive that it could go undetected in a populated area. Look under logs and debris in dry pine woods, particularly where there are sandy ridges, such as along the eastern side of the Pocomoke River and its tributaries. Non-venomous. Currently listed as Endangered Extirpated in Maryland. If you find an individual of this species please photograph it or hold it and immediately contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Photo of Habitat for Northern Pinesnake courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Distribution in Maryland
Possibly only found on the Coastal Plain of the Eastern Shore and Anne Arundel County.
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- Maryland Herp History
- Maryland Herp Checklist
- Survey Techniques, Collecting Ethics, Safety and the Law
- Problems with Buying Frogs and Tadpoles for Wild Release
- Technical Guide: A Key to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland - 86.3 MB pdf file
- Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project
- Natural Heritage Program
- Wildlife & Heritage Home
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