*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 Northern Rough Greensnake, Opheodrys aestivus aestivus, occurs within Louisiana.
Louisiana Range: Statewide.
Best Time and Place to Observe: The easiest place to observe these agile beauties is with the aid of a light at night as they rest in the overhanging branches of trees and vines along forest edges anytime in the warmer months of the year.
Global Conservation Status: Rough Greensnakes 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 Greensnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.
Author's Remarks: I have observed many individuals of this species in the Atchafalaya Basin north of I-10, and also on occasion in other areas of Louisiana.