“They’re five or six feet long and look like a yellow rattlesnake with black spots. They’re about three inches in diameter in the thickest part. They make a blowin’ racket a y’. They just kind’a blow like a bull when they get mad.”
Attributed to a Mr. Lawton Brooks in The Foxfire Book, edited by B.E. Wiggington, 1972, Anchor Books
Where we live in north Georgia many folks live close to the animals and plants found in the forest and the field. Folks here know which plants they can use to cure a neighbor of thrush during their chemotherapy, and they know to make a wish when they see a redbird. One animal is particularly emblematic of rural north Georgia – the northern pine snake, or, more commonly, the “bull snake”. This snake is not normally found in cool moss-covered forests, but rather cut-over, burnt up, hot, tick-infested places used by people for things like timber. If there are too many busy roads and houses, however, in an area these snakes are not likely to survive.
This site is devoted to gathering and sharing information about northern pine snakes in north Georgia. Here you will find folks talking about pine snakes, how to identify pine snakes, and pictures of snakes sent in by folks like you. The site is not meant to be a scientific guide to pine snakes; please visit our links section for such pages.
If you see a pine snake and can get a photograph of the live animal please share it with us. Please don’t kill a snake, but if you have photos of pine snakes please send them using the boxes below. Thanks for visiting!