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Guided tours offered daily!

Reservations Highly Recommended

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Bones

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Species: Black Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi)
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 20yrs
  • Length: up to 7ft
  • Range in the Wild: Southwestern Alabama to Eastern Mississippi, Louisiana
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open longleaf pine forests with loose, sandy soil
    • Diet in the Wild: rodents, birds, rabbits, bird eggs
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: feeder rats
    • Gender: Male

The black pines are the largest of all our snakes at WLI. Elvira is by far the more pleasant of the two, but Bones does sometimes tolerate handling from confident volunteers. It is incredibly difficult to tell the two apart, however, Bones is generally the one that is hissing.

Visit Us

11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.