Common Wormsnake - Carphophis amoenus

Carphophis amoenus

*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.

Other Common Names: 

Subspecies: Only the Midwestern Wormsnake, Carphophis amoenus helenae, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes, with records also from Ascension Parish.


Natural History: 

Best Time and Place to Observe:

Global Conservation Status:  Common Wormsnakes are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Common Wormsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have observed this species twice in LA, once at Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish in 2013 and again at Frenchtown Road Conservation Area in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2016. I found plenty of them in middle Tennessee in the spring.

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