Scarletsnake -Cemophora coccinea


*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.

Other Common Names:

Subspecies: Only the Northern Scarletsnake, Cemophora coccinea copei, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:The eastern Florida Parishes, and central and northern Louisiana, but absent from the Mississippi River floodplain as well as most of southern Louisiana.


Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Scarletsnakes are listed as Least Concern by theIUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: Scarletsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:I have never observed this species in the state, and have only ever captured the one individual from Tennessee in the pictures above.

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