I'm not trying to freak you out, but North Louisiana is swarming with reptiles. North Louisiana is home to several species of snakes, turtles, alligators, and lizards. The most famous of our reptiles is the alligator; pit vipers (copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes) are our most infamous. Most people are aware that reptiles are potentially dangerous animals that can injure or even kill people and pets. What many people don't know about reptiles is that they eat insects and rats that carry diseases and harm gardens. While most encounters with reptiles do not end in injury to people or pets, they do serve an important role in keeping insect, frog, and rodent populations down I do my best to explain the importance of each species in the individual species pages.
The Louisiana Herps website has a great deal of information for identifying reptiles and amphibians. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries site also helps with snake identification with an easy to use, photo-based list of the animals found in Louisiana.