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LOUISIANA

Photo by: Mike Miner, The Water Institute

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Miles of Shoreline

Louisiana has 7,721 miles of shoreline, which is like driving from New Orleans to Lake Charles 37 times!1

17.5%

How wet is Louisiana? 17.5% of the state is covered by water.2

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Miles of Rivers

Louisiana has 53,622 miles of rivers, which is long enough to travel around the earth two times!3

Famous Louisiana Wildlife

Alligator

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Close-up of alligator
American Alligator

Louisiana has the largest population of American Alligators, currently approaching 2 million.

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle on grass
Alligator Snapping Turtle

This prehistoric looking turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North American and among the largest turtles in the world.

Crawfish
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Close up of Crawfish
Crawfish

The most common crawfish species in Louisiana spends most of the fall and winter underground in water filled tunnels beneath mud mounds or “chimneys”.

Great Blue

Heron

Great Blue Heron standing in a bayou
Great Blue Heron

The tall, long-legged Great Blue Heron can be found along Louisiana’s coastlines or in marshes waiting for fish.

State Wildflower
The state wildflower of Louisiana is the Louisiana Iris.
State Bird
The state bird of Louisiana is the Eastern Brown Pelican.
STATE TREE
The state tree of Louisiana is the Bald Cypress.
Population
About 4.5 million people live in the state of Louisiana, making it the 25th most populous state.