Florida Snake Identification Key

Pine Snake


Scientific name: Pituophis melanoleucus (DAUDIN 1803)

The following will separate the two Pine Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:

Back is dark brown to black; in Florida it is found only west of the Escambia River in the panhandle.

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Your snake could be a Black Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi.


Back is tan to rusty brown with distinct blotches; throughout the Florida peninsula and panhandle west to the Escambia River.

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Your snake could be a Florida Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus.


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