Gray Ratsnake -Pantherophis spiloides

Gray Ratsnake

*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:No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Primarily east of the Mississippi River, including all the Florida Parishes and areas south of Lake Pontchartrain.


Natural History:

Best Time and Place to Observe:

Global Conservation Status: Gray Ratsnakes are listed as Least Concern based on previous taxonomy by theIUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: Gray Ratsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:I have observed this species on occasion in St. Bernard Parish growing up, and also a few individuals in St. Tammany Parish, a couple from some private land in East Feliciana Parish, two from Livingston Parish, one from Orleans Parish, and one from West Feliciana Parish.

All images on site are sole property of B.M. Glorioso. To use any images on this site please contact me at: 2020