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    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

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Reptiles

Snapping Turtle and 17 Painted Turtles

Snapping Turtle and 17 Painted Turtles resting on a log at the Pogue.

Ed Sharron

The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP is home to only a few species of reptiles, including the snapping and painted turtle as well as the milk, garter, and redbelly snakes. Turtles can be found near ponds and streams; keep quiet as you walk around the Pogue, the park's 14-acre pond, and you might see some painted turtles sunning themselves on logs. Snakes are rarer sights but can be found near trails or in long grass. None of these snakes are venomous, but it is always a good idea to respect their space and view them from a safe distance.
 
Garter Snake
A garter snake takes in the last rays of “summer” on a warm November day.
K Jones

Did You Know?

Clouds stream over Inscription Rock, a large butte standing tall and proud in the New Mexican landscape. NPS Photo.

Conservationist George Perkins Marsh, for whom Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP is named, championed the creation of a US Army Camel Corps. On El Morro National Monument's Inscription Trail you can see the inscriptions the Camel Corps left behind in 1855.