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Report pine snake sightings

Report pine snake sightings

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to know about pine snake sightings in North Carolina, found mostly in the southwestern mountain counties, the southern Coastal Plain and the Sandhills.

"It's difficult to conserve a species like the pine snake when we don't even know all the places it occurs," said wildlife technician Sam McCoy. "Citizens can really help us out by providing records of pine snakes they see. The Wildlife Commission needs your help to conserve this rare and elusive species."

The agency wants to learn more about how the pine snake is distributed in North Carolina. When above ground, it’s fairly easy to recognize, a large, heavy-bodied snake that is typically between 4 and 5 feet long but can be as large as 7 feet. The snakes have a white, tan or yellowish background color with dark brown or black markings that begin as heavy mottling on the head before gradually becoming distinct blotches toward the tail. The snake is not dangerous or venomous, but it is protected in North Carolina, so people should avoid handling any pine snakes they come across in the wild.

Report sightings via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a photo, date and time of the observation and a location. GPS coordinates are best, but a detailed location description is acceptable.

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