Louisiana pine snakes bred at zoos released back into wild
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Louisiana pine snakes bred at zoos released back into wild

 

On June 4th, the 41 Louisiana pine snakes hatched at Memphis, Audubon, and Jacksonville zoos in 2018 and 2019 were released in the Catahoula District of Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.  All snakes were eased safely into stump holes of gopher tunnels. An additional 14 snakes (12 from Ft Worth Zoo, 1 from Audubon, and 1 from Memphis) are expected to be released in a few weeks.  This release is by far the largest release of Louisiana pine snakes since the project's launch in 2010 and is the result of the effects from the Species Survival Plan consolidation and the work of skilled zookeepers practicing the highest arts of Herpetoculture. By the finish of this year's releases, a total of 178 pine snakes will have been placed onto the landscape.  These zoos have recorded multi-year survival, documented natural reproduction, and thus momentum is building toward our goal of creating a new, self-sustaining wild population of Louisiana pine snakes.