Red Cornsnake - Pantherophis guttatus

Red Cornsnake

*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.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes, and areas between the Mississippi RIver and the Atchafalaya Basin and on the salt dome islands around Cote Blanche Bay in south-central Louisiana. A 2015 record from Catahoula parish extended their range northward in the state.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Red Cornsnakes 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 Cornsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I found a few individuals on a couple trips to Apalachicola National Forest in Florida in 2004 and 2006. I finally found a few in Louisiana in early 2019 in West Feliciana Parish.

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