• 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?

Eyeless cave fish

Creatures that spend their entire lives in Mammoth Cave adapt to the dark world. Some types of cave fish, for example, do not grow eyes – supporting these extra unnecessary organs would consume precious energy in their nutrient-poor environment.