Eastern Black Kingsnake - Lampropeltis nigra

Lampropeltis nigra

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Primarily east of the Mississippi River but there are some records from adjacent parishes west of the river.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Eastern Black Kingsnakes are listed as Least Concern based on previous taxonomy by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Eastern Black Kingsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I have observed this species in a few areas of Louisiana, including St. Bernard Parish, Hammond (Tangipahoa Parish), Orleans Parish, West Feliciana Parish, and Fontainebleau State Parkand Bogue Chitto NWR in St. Tammany Parish.

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