Reptiles & Amphibians
Three species of amphibians and five species of reptiles were found during the 2002-2003 vertebrate census of Whitman Mission.
In warmer weather, Western Painted Turtles and Sliders can often be seen sunning themselves on boards floating in the Millpond. (Learn how to tell them apart.) Bullfrogs are known to occur around the Millpond, Mill Creek, and along the irrigation channel. Common Garter Snakes and Gopher Snakes (aka Bull Snakes) have been seen throughout the site.
2002-2003 Vertebrate Inventory: Whitman Mission National Historic Site. University of Idaho and National Park Service Columbia Cascades Support Office.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site: General Management Plan, September 2000. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Did You Know?
The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.