Reptiles

Parkwide general herpetofaunal surveys were conducted in 1991 and 1992 and focused mostly on aquatic habitats. Open areas and forested habitats were surveyed but to a much lesser degree. In addition to the species shown below, there is some question as to the presence of Eumeces skiltonianus (Western Skink) within the park. Reptile species have also been reported in the parkwide amphibian inventories.
 
Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

2008 Stéphanie Desranleau

Common Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis

Large (up to 52 in. (132 cm) in length) and characterized by red coloration along sides. Habitat: wet meadows and near water.

 
Northwestern Garter Snake
Northwestern Garter Snake

2004 Jeremiah Easter

Northwestern Garter Snake
Thamnophis ordinoides

15-24 inches (53-61 cm) long. Black, brown, tan, grey or greenish with 1 to 3 yellow, orange, or red stripes down back. Habitat: open areas, below 4,000 ft. (1,219 meters). It is the most common snake found at Mount Rainier.

 
Garter snake curled up on a rock.
Wandering Garter Snake

2009 William Flaxington

Wandering Garter Snake
Thamnophis elegans var. vagrans

A subspecies of the Terrestrial Garter Snake. A medium-sized garter snake ranging in size from 14-43 inches (4.6-10.9 cm) long with a narrow head. Base color is grey or brown with stripes of yellow, brown, or red-orange. Wide habitat, but prefers locations near water.

 
RubberBoa
Rubber Boa

US Forest Service Photo

Rubber Boa
Charina bottae

A small, greyish-green snake with a hard, blunt tail. Habitat: moist or dry pine forests, near water. They do not bite, but curl into a ball when disturbed.

 
Northern Alligator Lizard
Northern Alligator Lizard

2009 William Flaxington

Northern Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea

Heavy scales; olive, brown, or greyish with light stripes and dark, irregular spots. Habitat: Sub-alpine talus slopes and coniferous forests.

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