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Obviously, Louisiana’s legal system differs from every other state in America.

Louisiana’s legal system is based on the Napoleonic Code, also known as the Civil Code.

This legal framework originated in France and was implemented in the early 19th century when Louisiana was a French colony.

That being said, outside of our unique legal system, Louisiana takes the weirdness even further.


From chasing fish, to stealing alligators, to doing things with cows no one should ever do, there are some truly bizarre laws on the books in Louisiana.

Without any further ado, check out these 25 strange Louisiana laws from weirdfacts.com.

Louisiana: Urinating in the city’s water supply can land you 20 years in jail.

Louisiana: A law specifically states the punishment for stealing crawfish.

Louisiana: Rituals that involve the ingestion of blood, urine or fecal matter are not allowed.

Louisiana: A serious burn must be reported to the fire marshal.

Louisiana: One could land in jail for up to a year for making a false promise.

By Permission/Louisiana State Fire Marshal
By Permission/Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Prisoners who hurt themselves could serve additional years in jail.

Louisiana: Shooting lasers at police officers is illegal.

Louisiana: Biting someone with your natural teeth is “simple assault,” while biting someone with your false teeth is “aggravated assault”.

false teeth
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Louisiana: You can’t “dare” someone to go onto railroad tracks owned by another.

Sulphur: Saying obscene things on the telephone is illegal.

Sulphur: It is illegal to be an alcoholic.

Sulphur: It is illegal to have sex with a cow.

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SebastianKnight, Getty Stock / ThinkStock