Yellow-bellied Kingsnake - Lampropeltis calligaster


*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: The Northern Mole Kingsnake, Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata, occurs in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana, whereas the Prairie Kingsnake, Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster, occurs in the western half of the state.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  The eastern Florida Parishes, and much of the western half of the state, but absent in the Mississippi River floodplain and southern Louisiana.


Natural History: 

Best Time and Place to Observe:

Global Conservation Status:  Yellow-bellied 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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