• The Little Studio and Saint-Gaudens' home


    National Historic Site New Hampshire


A painted turtle from Blow-Me-Down Pond at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Painted Turtle found in park.

Only a few species of reptiles have been documented at Saint-Gaudens. Included are Snapping, Painted, and Wood Turtles, and Milk, Ringneck, and Common Garter Snakes. Occasionally sighted along the trails and near the pond are Painted and Snapping Turtles; while Common Garter Snakes can be seen along the trails, in the hedges, or hiding among the tall grasses in the field. The presence of additional species is likely, as the park is within the native range of more reptiles, particularly snakes.

Did You Know?

Portrait cameos of the Stuart Family done by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, ca. 1864

Augustus Saint-Gaudens ended his formal schooling at age 13 and was then apprenticed for six years to a cameo cutter. He later used this skill to support himself during the early years of his career.