Prairie Kingsnake - Lampropeltis calligaster

Prairie Kingsnake

*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.

Description: 

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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Much of the western half of the state, but absent in the Mississippi River floodplain and southern Louisiana.

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Global Conservation Status:  Prairie Kingsnakes 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:  Prairie Kingsnakes do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have observed this species only three times in the state, an adult in Kisatchie National Forest (Natchitoches Parish) in 2012, a large dark adult on the road in Bienville Pairsh in 2016 and a juvenile at Wallace Lake Biological Station in 2017. I also got to release and photograph a wild individual captured in Bienville Parish in 2015.

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