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Park Open 10:00 - 3:00 

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Black Pine Snake


Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 20yrs
  • Length: up to 7ft
  • Range: Southwestern Alabama to Eastern Mississippi, Louisiana
  • Habitat: Open longleaf pine forests with loose, sandy soil
    • Diet in the Wild: rodents, birds, rabbits, bird eggs
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: feeder rats

The black pine snake is a threatened species due to loss of habitat. Their primary habitat is open longleaf pine forests which are highly threatened due to timbering, agriculture, and suppression of natural fire cycles. It is down to 5% of its former range and the pine snake has declined with it. Black pines are the only melanistic pine snake ranging from brown, dark brown, and black. Some retain their juvenile patterns. This thick bodied snake can get up to 7 feet long, and has a small head compared to its muscular body. They habituate root systems and small mammal dens for resting and hibernation. These snakes are also known to hiss and rattle their tails when startled or defensive.

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Clinic/Office/Gift Shop Hours
7 days a week, 9:00 - 4:00

Self-Guided Tours
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 3:00   
(Park closes at 3:00)   

Ticket Prices                                                          
Adults $14 | Seniors $12 (65+)
Children (ages 4-13) $7
Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.