Feds: Burrowing snake found only in Miss, Ala, is threatened
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a burrowing snake found only in pine forests of southern Mississippi and Alabama is now listed as threatened.
Monday's announcement says the listing won't change forest management for most landowners.
Black pinesnakes are constrictors colored dark brown to black. Their small heads have pointed snouts. Adults range from 4 feet to nearly 6 feet long.
The agency says their main threat is loss of longleaf pine forests, which once covered about 90 million acres across the Southeast but were down to about 3 million acres in the 1990s.
Biologists say 11 populations are known. They're in nine Mississippi counties and three in Alabama. Black pinesnakes are considered eliminated from Louisiana, where they haven't been seen for 40 years.