Plain-bellied Watersnake -Nerodia erythrogaster


*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: Yellow-bellied Watersnake, Blotched Watersnake

Subspecies:No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Statewide.


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Global Conservation Status: Plain-bellied Watersnakes are listed as Least Concern by theIUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: Plain-bellied Watersnakesdo not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:I have observed this species in nearly every place I have herped in Louisiana, sometimes relatively far from water.

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