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Meet The 20 Most Popular Animals In Louisiana

Bobcat lazily yawning. Image via Pixabay

Ever wondered what the most popular animals are in all of Louisiana? Now is your time to have the answer revealed. I have been pretty curious myself. So let’s jump right in together!

#1 American Alligator

American Alligator. Image by Donald W DeLoach Jr, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The American alligator is an iconic reptile of Louisiana, inhabiting its swamps, marshes, and bayous. With its powerful jaws and prehistoric appearance, it’s both feared and revered in the state.

#2 Louisiana Black Bear

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Black Bear. Image by Alex Dugquem via Pexels.

Once on the brink of extinction, the Louisiana black bear has made a remarkable recovery. Found in bottomland hardwood forests and swamps, it’s now a symbol of successful conservation efforts in the state.

#3 Louisiana Red Wolf

Red Wolf
Red Wolf. By John and Karen Hollingsworth – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain,

The Louisiana red wolf, a critically endangered species, is a rare sight in the state’s wildlands. Efforts are underway to protect and restore its habitat to ensure its survival.

#4 Louisiana Waterthrush

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Louisiana Waterthrush in its natural habitat. Image by Charles J. Sharp via Wikimedia –

A migratory songbird, the Louisiana waterthrush is a common sight in the state’s wetlands during the breeding season. Its distinctive warbling call adds to the chorus of Louisiana’s natural soundscape.

#5 Brown Pelican

Brown pelican adrift on a summer’s day. Image by Philip Brown via Unsplash

The brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, is a familiar sight along its coastline. With its impressive wingspan and dramatic dives for fish, it’s a beloved symbol of the Gulf Coast.

#6 Louisiana Pine Snake

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Louisiana pinesnake (Pituophis ruthveni), Louisiana, USA (2011). Image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region via Wikimedia –

Endemic to the state, the Louisiana pine snake is a rare and elusive species found in the longleaf pine forests of western Louisiana. Habitat loss and fragmentation threaten its survival.

#7 Louisiana Milk Snake

Milk Snake
Louisiana milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum amaura, United States Image via Depositphotos

Named for its resemblance to the coral snake, the Louisiana milk snake is a nonvenomous constrictor found in a variety of habitats across the state. Its vibrant colors make it a striking sight.

#8 Nutria

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Nutria looking around for food. Image via Depositphotos

Originally introduced for fur farming, nutria have become a problematic invasive species in Louisiana’s marshes and wetlands. Their voracious appetite for vegetation can damage fragile ecosystems.

#9 Louisiana Black Crappie

Black Crappie
A beautiful shot of a black crappie fish in the aquarium tank. Image by Wirestock via Depositphotos

Anglers prize the Louisiana black crappie for its sporty fight and delicious flesh. Found in lakes, bayous, and slow-moving streams, it’s a popular catch throughout the state.

#10 Louisiana Crawfish

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Also know as Procambarus clarkii. Image by alex.stemmer via Depositphotos

In the middle of our list of most popular animals in Louisiana is the crawfish. A staple of Louisiana cuisine, the Louisiana crawfish is harvested from the state’s freshwater swamps and bayous. Whether boiled, fried, or in a savory étouffée, it’s a culinary delight.

#11 White-tailed Deer

Columbian White-Tailed Deer
White-tailed deer are a very cute looking species with their large ears. Image by Joe Cox via Unsplash

The white-tailed deer is a common sight in Louisiana’s forests, marshes, and agricultural fields. A popular game animal, it also plays a vital role in the state’s ecosystem.

#12 Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey
A pair of wild turkeys on the edge of a forest. Image via Depositphotos

Wild turkeys roam the woodlands and fields of Louisiana, providing both recreational hunting opportunities and ecological benefits as seed dispersers and insect predators.

#13 Louisiana Leopard Frog

Leopard frog blending in. Image by Don F Becker, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Found in a variety of aquatic habitats, from ponds to marshes, the Louisiana leopard frog is a common amphibian of the state. Its distinctive spotted pattern sets it apart from other frog species.

#14 Box Turtle

Box turtle on the move. Image via Depositphotos

Found in forests, fields, and backyard gardens, the Louisiana box turtle is a familiar sight throughout the state. Its distinctive shell markings make it easily recognizable.

#15 Raccoon

Raccoon hiding behind leaves. Image by Joshua J. Cotten via Image by Joshua J. Cotten via Unsplash

Known for its masked face and dexterous paws, the Louisiana raccoon is a common sight in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike. It’s an adaptable and resourceful omnivore.

#16 Red Fox

Red fox
Eastern American Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. fulvus) observed in Algonquin Provincial Park. Image by Joanne Redwood – This file was derived from: Vulpes vulpes ssp fulvus 26568101.jpg, CC0,, via Wikimedia Commons

The Louisiana red fox, with its fiery fur and bushy tail, is an enchanting sight in the state’s woodlands and fields. Despite encroachment on its habitat, it persists in many areas.

#17 Bobcat

Bobcat. By No machine-readable author provided. Calibas assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., Public Domain,

A skilled predator of small mammals and birds, the Louisiana bobcat is a solitary and elusive creature of the state’s forests and swamps. Conservation efforts are underway to protect its habitat.

#18 Black Panther

Beautiful black panther in the dark. Image via Shutterstock

Although sightings are rare and often disputed, the legend of the Louisiana black panther persists in the state’s folklore, adding an air of mystery to its wilderness areas.

#19 Bullfrog

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American bullfrog about to leap. Image by Maddy Weiss via Unsplash

With its deep, resonant croak, the Louisiana bullfrog is a vocal presence in the state’s wetlands and ponds. Its large size and voracious appetite make it a top predator in its aquatic habitat.

#20 Louisiana King Snake

Many kingsnake species exhibit cryptic coloration, blending seamlessly into their surroundings to evade predators and ambush prey. Image by Thomas Evans via Unsplash

Named for its habit of preying on other snakes, the Louisiana king snake is a valuable ally to humans, keeping rodent and venomous snake populations in check.

Curious Raccoon looking up at camera. Image by Chris Ensminger on Unsplash.

In conclusion, these are the most popular animals in Louisiana. Furthermore, I have never seen an American Alligator before, it would be an incredible sighting! I think I may need to visit Louisiana soon to see one for myself! If you think there should’ve been another more popular animal in the top 20, please feel free to let us know in the comments. In other words, can’t wait to hear from you!

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