List of reptiles found at John Day Fossil Beds

Class Reptilia

Order Testudines Family Emydidae

[Pond, Marsh and Box Turtles]

Chrysemys picta – Painted Turtle

Habitat: Slow-moving shallow rivers, streams, and lakes, especially vegetated soft-bottoms with half submerged logs.

Order Squamata

Family Iguanidae [Iguanids]

Gambelia wislizenii – Leopard Lizard

Habitat: Semi-arid regions where soil is sandy or gravelly, and vegetation sparse or in clumps.

Phrynosoma douglasii – Short-horned Lizard

Habitat: Open, rocky or sandy plains to forested areas.

Sceloporus graciosus – Sagebrush Lizard

Habitat: Areas of sagebrush and gravelly soils.

Sceloporus occidentalis – Western Fence Lizard

Habitat: Rocky and mixed forest areas, freqeunts stone fences, fence posts, and old buildings.

Uta Stansburiana – Side-blotched Lizard

Habitat: Arid to semi-arid regions with course gravelly soil and low growing vegetation.

Family Scincidae [Skinks]

Eumeces skiltonianus – Western Skink

Habitat: Forest, open woodland and grassy areas especially where rocks are abundant.

Family Boidae [Boa and Pythons]

Charina bottae – Rubber Boa

Habitat: Damp woodland and coniferous forest, large grassy areas, and moist sandy areas along streams

Family Colubridae [Colubrid Snakes]

Hypsiglena torquata – Night Snake

Habitat: Semi-arid sandy or rocky areas.

Masticophus teaniatus – Striped Whipsnake

Habitat: Grassland, arid bushy flatland to mountainous areas.

Pituophis melanoleucus – Pine Gopher Snake

Habitat: Dry sandy pine-oak woodlands and pine flatwoods, cultivated fields, prairies, open brushland and rocky deserts.

Thamnophis elegans – Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Habitat: Moist areas near water, open grasslands to forest.

Thamnophis Sirtalis – Common Garter Snake

Habitat: Moist areas near water, meadows, marshes, irrigation ditches and farms.

Colubar constrictor – Western Yellow-bellied Racer

Habitat: Fields, grassland, sparse brushy areas along prairie land, open woodland, and meadows.

Family Viperidae [Pit Vipers]

Crotalus viridis – Western Prairie Rattlesnake

Habitat: Timberline of coniferous forests, rocky outcrops, talus slopes, stony canyons and prairie dog towns.

Crotalus atrox – Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Habitat: Semi-arid areas from plains to mountains, brushy desert, rocky canyons, bluffs along rivers, sparsely vegetated rocky foothills.

Crotalus horridus – Timber Rattlesnake

Habitat: Remote wooded hillsides with rock outcrops.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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