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    Natchez Trace

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Reptiles

Eastern Box Turtle

The Eastern Box Turtle is one of 15 turtles found along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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The Parkway is home to over 40 different species of reptiles, including alligators, turtles, and snakes. While reptiles may not be as easy to spot as many of the mammal species of the Parkway, there are opportunities to see alligators at Cypress Swamp, or turtles along the numerous creeks and streams along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

There are 25 species of snakes that live along the Parkway, with only three of them being venomous (Southern Copperhead, Western Cottonmouth, and Canebrake Rattlesnake). While the chance of seeing a venomous snake is rare, visitors are encouraged to use caution when hiking and picnicking along the Parkway. Visitors should pay close attention to where they place their hands and feet. All wildlife, including venomous snakes, is protected along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Download a complete list of reptiles and amphibians of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Did You Know?

The Tennessee River along the Natchez Trace Parkway

George Colbert operated a stand and ferry to cross the Tennessee River and is rumored to have charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the river.