The Pine Woods Littersnake

Scientific Name
Rhadinaea flavilata
Also Known As
Pine Woods Snake
Northern, Central Florida and into the Panhandle
Small frogs, Salamanders, Lizards
Life Expectancy
7 Years
The Pine Woods Littersnake

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Pine Woods Littersnakes conservation status - Least Concern

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This Snake is Not Venomous

The Pine Woods Littersnake in Central Florida

The pine woods littersnake (Rhadinaea flavilata) is a nonvenomous colubrid species found in the southeastern United States. As their name suggests, these secretive snakes inhabit pine forests and sandy uplands in central Florida. This comprehensive guide provides detailed identification tips, biology facts, and information on pine woods littersnake habits, reproduction, diet, potential health risks, and prevention methods if encountered near residential areas.

Appearance and Identification

The pine woods littersnake can be identified by the following juvenile and adult physical characteristics

Adult Pine Woods Littersnake

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Adult Pine Woods Littersnakes

  • Size: Adults reach an average of 10-14 inches (25-36 cm) in total length. Females grow longer than males.
  • Color: Adults have a pale yellow, tan or pinkish ground color with red or brown blotches down the back. The belly is yellowish white.
  • Scales: Smooth dorsal scales in 15 rows at midbody. The anal plate is divided.
  • Head: The head is fairly small, not distinct from the neck. Snout is rounded.
  • Eyes: Round pupils.
  • Tail: Short tail ending in a sharp point.
Juvenile Pine Woods Littersnake

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Juvenile Pine Woods Littersnakes