Upland Snake Initiative

Upland Snake Conservation Initiative

The Upland Snake Conservation Initiative (USCI) evolved from the Gopher Tortoise Council’s Rattlesnake Conservation Committee, which no longer exists.

The USCI will address many issues and research needs concerning southeastern upland snakes.

Along with the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which you can read more about here, many other unique upland snakes are in peril within the southeastern United States. While efforts will include all upland snakes, emphasis will be placed on the following rare and endangered southeastern species: eastern indigo snake; southern hognose snake; eastern coachwhip; short-tailed snake; northern, Florida and black pine snakes.

Kingsnake Conservation and Investigation of Declines

In recent years, Common Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula) have virtually disappeared from much of their range in Florida, southern Georgia, and southeastern Alabama.   Read more about Kingsnakes here.

The Upland Snake Conservation Initiative is proud to team with Project Simus to promote information gathering and conservation of the southern hognose snake.

Project Simus was initiated in 1995 by Jeff Beane and Tom Thorp, as an effort to gather and maintain information on the natural history, status, and distribution of the southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in North Carolina. They have since expanded their effort to encompass the entire range of the species. For more information, visit the Project Simus website.

Educational Materials

Venomous snake brochure for Southeast US


Canebrake Rattlesnake fact sheet (.pdf)


Coachwhip fact sheet (.pdf)


Eastern Indigo Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake fact sheet (.pdf)


Mole King Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


North American Coral Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


Pigmy Rattlesnake fact sheet (.pdf)


Pine Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


Short-tailed Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


Southern Hognose Snake fact sheet (.pdf)


Eastern Hognose
Eastern Hognose
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