• Students at South Peak

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

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?

In this sepia-toned photo from 1927, nine men sit and kneel amongst the ruins of a Native American dwelling at Mesa Verde. NPS Photo.

As a teenager, Laurance S. Rockefeller toured Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde with Horace Albright. Later in life, Laurance would donate lands to create Virgin Islands NP and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. He was the first conservationist to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.