Red-bellied Snake - Storeria occipitomaculata

Red-bellied Snake

*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:  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 10 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. In 2017, I flipped one under a log in West Feliciana Parish. And in 2019, we got one at Lake Ramsay Preserve on the fall L.A.R.E. field trip. Another turned up on the winter L.A.R.E. field trip in early 2020 in Kisatchie National Forest (Rapides Parish). We found another in 2020 in Oberlin near the Calcasieu River. In late December 2022 we flipped a cold one under a log in Kisatchie in Grant Parish.

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