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.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

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


Natural History: 

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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:  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 once in the state, in Kisatchie National Forest (Natchitoches Parish). I also got to release a wild individual captured in Bienville Parish in 2015. In 2016, I observed a large individual on the road in Bienville Parish.

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