Rhadinaea flavilata Photo Travis Blunden ©
Pine wood snakes are small (10-12 inch) reddish-brown to yellowish-orange snakes with smooth shiny scales. The belly is yellow to white and unmarked. The top of the head is darker than the rest of the body and there is a distinctive dark line that passes through the eye. This snake’s chin and lips are light colored and because of this it is also called the yellow-lipped snake.
Pine wood snakes are secretive and seem to be associated with habitats with deep shade and moist ground cover. Little is known of their diet but captives readily eat small frogs, salamanders and tiny lizards.
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