• Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg

    National Military Park Pennsylvania

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    Parking Lot 2 at the NPS Visitor Center will be closed for major repairs from Aug. 18 through Sept. 14. Gettysburg Tour buses, ACTA, and shuttle to Eisenhower NHS will run from a station on the east side of the building. More »

Reptiles

Snapping turtle.
A snapping turtle in a vernal pool.
(C. Davis, National Park Service)
 
Seventeen species of reptiles including nine snakes, six turtles and two skinks are found within Gettysburg National Military Park. Visitors touring some of the parks wetland habitat may often spot wetland turtle species such as the painted turtle basking on a log or the head of a snapping turtle peeking up through some water grasses. It is also common to cross paths with the slow-moving terrestrial Eastern box turtle.

The large population of small mammals in the park provides adequate prey for the nine species of snakes within the park. Most of the snakes such as the common garter snake and black rat snake are nonvenomous, however the park does contain two species of venomous snakes, the copperhead and timber rattlesnake. The Northern water snake is not venomous and is common in the streams of the park. Its dark color and stout body often cause it to be mistakenly identified with the venomous water moccasin, which is not found in the park.

Did You Know?

Confederate and Union veterans with President Wilson at Gettysburg.

In July 1913, over 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans camped at Gettysburg National Military Park to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the battle.