• Reenatctors try to stay warm outside soldier huts in Jockey Hollow

    Morristown

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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    From March 12th to May 21st, the Ford Mansion, Washington's Headquarters Museum, Jockey Hollow Visitor Center and Wick House will be closed on Wednesdays. This does not effect confirmed school groups. All park grounds will remain open. More »

Reptiles

Northern Water Snake found among the leaf litter on the forest floor.

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

(Barton)

The park's snake and turtle species have now been documented as a result of a year 2000 reptile study done in conjunction with the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program.

Of the four snake species observed, the Eastern Garter and Northern Water Snake were found in abundance while the Northern Ringneck and Eastern Milk had fewer sightings.

The most frequently observed turtle species in the park is the Eastern Box Turtle. Other turtles present include the Eastern Painted, Snapping, Common Musk and the Wood Turtle which is listed as a threatened species in New Jersey.

 
Snakes
Common Name Species Name
Eastern garter snake Thamnophis s. sirtalis
Northern ringneck snake Diadophis punctatus edwarsii
Northern water snake Nerodia s. sipedon
Eastern milk snake Lampropeltis t. trangulum

Turtles
Common name Species Name
Eastern box turtle Terrapene c. carolina
Eastern painted turtle Chrysemys p. picta
Snapping turtle Chelydra s. serpentina
Common musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus
Wood turtle Clemmys insculpta

Did You Know?

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

George Washington lost his first tooth at 22. Over the next 35 years he lost all but one of the rest of his teeth. Dentures made for him were carved from hippopotamus, walrus, or elephant ivory or other teeth. Washington was buried wearing dentures made by dentist John Greenwood.