Reptiles are probably one of the most abundant animal types we have in the park that you may see the least. Here in the park, the reptiles include snakes, turtles, and lizards.
Reptiles are opportunistic feeders. Most snakes will eat small mammals, birds, insects, and even fish. The hognose snake is a specialized feeder that eats mostly frogs, while the lizards tend to eat mostly insects. Most of the chelonians, or turtles and tortoises, are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter. By the time they are adults, their diet is mostly plants.
A venomous animal is one that is capable of injecting venom into its prey through a bite. Two venomous species can be found at Prince William Forest Park: the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. Neither is abundant, and both prefer to stay away from humans.
Last updated: August 22, 2021