Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is the state agency responsible for management of the state’s renewable natural resources including all wildlife and all aquatic life. The control and supervision of these resources are assigned to the department in the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Article IX, Section 7 and in revised statutes under Title 56.

“LDWF is taking a proactive approach to guard against the introduction of invasive species upon our habitats. We recognize the impacts these animals can have on native wildlife resources and will continue our efforts to conserve, manage and protect the state’s native wildlife,” said LDWF Secretary Madison Sheahan.

Unpermitted, venomous or non-indigenous constricting snakes are considered a threat to wildlife habitat. It is the duty of LDWF to adhere to the regulations pursuant to La. R.S. 56:6(30) and La R.S. 56:632.5.1 in regard to unpermitted venomous or non-indigenous constricting snakes.

In Louisiana, it is considered unlawful to import and/or privately possess constricting snakes in excess of 8 feet or venomous snakes obtained in any manner without a permit issued by LDWF except for animals kept by animal sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife research centers, scientific organizations, and medical research facilities.