Louisiana Pine Snake Egg Hatching Cam
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Louisiana Pine Snake Egg Hatching Cam

Louisiana Pine Snake Egg Hatching Cam

 

About Memphis Zoo's Louisiana Pine Snake Program:

Animal: Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis ruthveni

Since 2010, Memphis Zoo has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (Catahoula District, Louisiana) and our colleagues at the Audubon, Fort Worth, Ellen Trout, Phoenix, Jacksonville, and Knoxville zoos to release zoo-bred pine snakes onto restored habitat in Grant Parish, Louisiana to create a new, self-sustaining population of this critically endangered species. To date, the Memphis Zoo and colleagues have released 177 pine snakes into their natural habitat.

Remarkably, the research team has discovered that snakes from previous releases have begun breeding naturally in the wild. This is a monumental discovery that shows the captive-bred snakes have successfully adapted to the area and will hopefully recover from its endangered status. Without the leadership of the Memphis Zoo research team, the populations of the Louisiana pine snake would have been decimated and lost to their natural environment forever.