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:

Similar Species:

Species Range:

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

Habitat:

Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Prairie Kingsnakes 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: The Northern Mole Kingsnake, a subspecies of the Yellow-bellied Kingsnake, that occurs in the Florida Parishes have a ranking of S1S2(critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations / imperiled because of rarity – 6-20 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this subspecies in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this subspecies please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the Florida Parishes.***

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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