Reptiles

Snapping turtle crossing the road
Snapping turtle crossing the road

NPS, G. Wagner

Only a few species of reptiles occur within Pipestone National Monument. Turtles enjoy the waters of Pipestone Creek and the ephemeral ponds that occur throughout the prairie. Garter snakes and skinks prefer the Sioux quartzite prairie. The following reptiles have been recorded within Pipestone National Monument:

Family
Common Name Scientific name

Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae)
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina
Pond, Marsh, and Box Turtles (Emydidae)
Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta
Colubrid Snakes (Colubridae)
Western Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis sp.
Skinks (Scincidae)
Northern Prairie Skink Eumeces spetentrionalis

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Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

Phone:

(507) 825-5464 x214
This is a general purpose access phone line, allowing access to staff personnel via specific extensions or an operator and voicemail messaging. Normally, messages are returned within 24 hours.

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