• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

  • North Beach is open, South Beach will open at 8 am 4/5/2014

    The oil-covered materials on the beach have been removed, and clean-up is nearly complete. The North Beach portion of the park is open to driving as of 11:50 am on 4/4/2014. The South Beach portion will open to driving at 8 am on 4/5/2014.



Western Diamondback

G. Nafis

The following reptiles have been documented at Padre Island National Seashore. The common and scientific names have been given for each.


Western Coachwhip - Masticophis flagellum testaceus

Mexican Milk Snake - Lampropeltis triangulum annulata

Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake - Thamnophis proximus orarius

Marcy's Checkered Garter Snake - Thamnophis marcianus

Diamondback Water Snake - Nerodia rhombifera

Texas Glossy Snake - Arizona elegans arenicola

Eastern Hognose Snake - Heterodon platirhinos

Racer - Coluber constrictor

Flat Head Snake - Tantilla gracilis

Bullsnake - Pituophis catenifer sayi

Texas Patch Nose Snake - Salvadora rahamiae lineata

Ground Snake - Sonora semiannulata

Gulf Salt Marsh Snake - Nerodia clarkii clarkii

Texas Rat Snake - Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii

Great Plains Rat Snake - Elaphe guttata emoryi

Rough Earth Snake - Virginia striatula

Marsh Brown Snake - Storeria dekayi limnetes

Texas Brown Snake - Storeria dekayi texana

Desert Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula splendida

Texas Indigo Snake - Drymarchon Corais erebennus

Texas Blind Snake - Leptotyphlops dulcis

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Crotalus atrox

Western Massasauga - Sistrurus catenatus tergeminus

Desert Massasauga - Sistrurus catenatus edwardsi

Texas Coral Snake - Micrurus tener


Keeled Earless Lizard - Holbrookia propinqua

Western Slender Grass Lizard - Ophisaurus attenuatus

Six-lined Racerunner - Cnemidophorus s sexlineatus

Great Plains Skink - Eumeces obsoletus

Texas Spotted Whiptail - Cnemidophorus gularis

Spot-tailed Earless Lizard - Holbrookia laceretus

Mediterranean Gecko - Hemidactylus tursicus

Green Anole - Anolis carolinensis

Ground Skink - Scincella lateralis

Texas Horned Lizard - Phrynosoma cornutum

Rosebelly Lizard - Sceloporus variabilis marmoratus

Texas Spiny Lizard - Sceloprus olivaceus


American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis (Windows Media Video-24 seconds)

Sea Turtles

Leatherback sea turtle - Dermochelys coriacea

Green sea turtle - Chelonia mydas

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle - Lepidochelys kempii

Hawksbill sea turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata

Loggerhead sea turtle - Caretta caretta

To read the latest news about our sea turtle program, go to the News or Special Events sections of our website.

Terrestrial Turtles

Red-eared Slider - Trachemys scripta elegans

Yellow Mud Turtle - Kinosternon flavescens

Texas Tortoise - Gopherus berlandieri

Common Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina

Ornate Box Turtle - Terrapene ornata

Texas Diamondback Terrapin - Malaclemys terrapin littoralis

Did You Know?

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The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...