• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Reptiles

Nature and Science

Mud Turtle

Mammoth Cave National Park is home to a wide array of lizards, turtles, and snakes. Among the species here are:

Lizards
Fence lizard, Slender glass lizard, Six-lined racerunner, Ground skink, Coal lizard, Five-lined skink, Broad-headed skink

Turtles
Stinkpot, Snapping turtle, Eastern box turtle, Map turtle, Slider, Red eared turtle, Smooth softshell turtle, Eastern spiny softshell

Snakes
Worm snake, Northern ringneck snake, Hognose snake, Rough green snake, Northern black racer, Gray rat snake, Northern pine snake, Prairie king snake, Scarlet king snake, Black king snake, Eastern milk snake, Scarlet snake, Northern water snake, Northern brown snake, Red-bellied snake, Eastern garter snake, Butler's garter snake, Eastern ribbon snake, Southeastern crowned snake, Northern copperhead, Timber rattlesnake

Did You Know?

Tuberculosis Hut in Mammoth Cave

In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.