The black pine snake is a threatened species due to loss of habitat. Their primary habitat is open longleaf pine forests which are highly threatened due to timbering, agriculture, and suppression of natural fire cycles. It is down to 5% of its former range and the pine snake has declined with it. Black pines are the only melanistic pine snake ranging from brown, dark brown, and black. Some retain their juvenile patterns. This thick bodied snake can get up to 7 feet long, and has a small head compared to its muscular body. They habituate root systems and small mammal dens for resting and hibernation. These snakes are also known to hiss and rattle their tails when startled or defensive.