Reptiles and Amphibians

Red-backed salamander on a leaf
Red-backed salamander

NPS, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Because they require clean water to breathe, hunt, and reproduce, amphibians are an indicator of water quality in the park. The park is home to salamanders, snakes, and lizards.

Reptiles of Rock Creek Park

Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)
Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)
Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta)
Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)
Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Red-eared Slider (Chrysemys scripta)
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus)
Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)

Common Amphibians of Rock Creek Park

Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)



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Last updated: May 10, 2019

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


202 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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