*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: Only the Florida Red-bellied Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata obscura, occurs within Louisiana.
Louisiana Range: Nearly statewide, but seemingly rare from many of the coastal parishes, and uncommon in the Mississippi River floodplain.
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Global Conservation Status: Red-bellied Snakes 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: Red-bellied Snakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.
Author's Remarks: I have only observed five individuals of this species in Louisiana, two under logs in a dry ephemeral pond in Kisatchie National Forest (Natchitoches Parish), one on the move in Chicot State Park in Evangeline Parish, and after 8 field seasons we finally found one in the Atchafalaya Basin in 2015. In early 2016, we flipped one under a log in Vermilion Parish close to the coast, representing a new parish record.