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    Author(s): John G. Himes; Laurence M. Hardy; D. Craig Rudolph; Shirley J. Burgdorf
    Date: 2002
    Source: Journal of Herpetology. 36(4): 683-687
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Description

    The genus Pituophis (Serpentes: Colubridae) contains three species of snakes in the United States (Collins, 1997): Pituophis catenifer, Pituophis melanoleucus, and Pituophis ruthveni. The Louisiana pine snake, P. ruthveni, was elevated to specific status by Reichling (1995) and is endemic to western Louisiana and eastern Texas (Conant and Collins, 1991; Reichling, 1995; Thomas et al., 1976). Rodríguez-Robles and De Jesús-Escobar (2000) agreed with the recognition of specific status for P. ruthveni since its original description (Stull, 1929). The paucity of data on P. ruthveni is because of the snake's limited distribution (Reichling, 1995; Thomas et al., 1976), low population density (Jennings and Fritts, 1983; Reichling, 1989), and scretive nature (Reichling, 1988).

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    Himes, John G.; Hardy, Laurence M.; Rudolph, D. Craig; Burgdorf, Shirley J. 2002. Growth rates and mortality of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni). Journal of Herpetology. 36(4): 683-687.

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