Western Milksnake - Lampropeltis gentilis

Western Milksnake

*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:  Nearly statewide but absent in the Florida Parishes, and few records from Acadiana in southwest Louisiana and parts of northern Louisiana.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Western Milksnakes have not been assessed by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank based on previous taxonomy is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

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

Author's Remarks: I have only observed this species twice in Louisiana, both in the Atchafalaya Basin north of I-10, but see them routinely in the Big Thicket of east Texas.

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