Rough Earthsnake - Haldea striatula

Haldea striatula

*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 uncommon in the Mississippi River floodplain.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Rough Earthsnakes 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:  Rough Earthsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have observed this species in Louisiana on five occasions: once near a small drainage ditch in the city limits of Lafayette in 2008, a neonate near Youngsville in 2014, an adult in the Freetown neighborhood of Lafayette in late 2017, and two individuals in Youngsville in early 2018 and early 2020 (all Lafayette Parish).

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