Central Florida’s warm, humid climate provides excellent habitat for eastern pinesnakes. Average temperatures range from the 60s°F (15-20°C) in the north to the 70s°F (21-26°C) in the south with summer highs near 90°F (32°C). Rainfall averages 40-60 inches (1000-1500 mm) per year.
Pinesnakes thrive in the pine flatwoods, scrub oak, dry prairies, and mix of rural and suburban areas surrounding cities. The sandy soil allows them to burrow and conceal themselves while shrubs and pine trees provide cover. Nearby wetlands, forests, and farms support rodents and other prey. Rural buildings, debris piles, and abandoned burrows offer shelter.
The abundance of food, warm climate, and sandy habitat enables pinesnakes to flourish in central Florida. Their secretive nature keeps them hidden but substantial populations likely inhabit the region. Caution is advised when working outdoors given the possibility of encounters.