Fort Worth Zoo Helps Release Endangered Snakes Into Louisiana Forest – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Zoo, along with a team of researchers, has released dozens of endangered Louisiana pine snakes into a national forest to revive their population.
Fort Worth Zoo officials said that on April 22nd – Earth Day – 50 snakes were released into the Kisatchie National Forest. Of the 50, 23 were hatched at the zoo, one of only four breeding centers for this species.
The publication was a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Alexandria Zoo, and Memphis Zoo.
The juvenile snakes were safely put into tunnels that house pocket gophers, the snakes’ main prey, in Louisiana forests, the Memphis Zoo said. The researchers hope that the snakes will multiply effectively, helping to increase the population of the species in the wild.
The Louisiana pine snake is native to the long-leaved pine forests of Louisiana and Texas.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Louisiana pine snake is a non-venomous constriction that typically grows between 4 and 5 feet long. Studies in east Texas and west Louisiana showed that the snakes spend most of their time underground.