Reptiles of the Preserve


Common species have been reported in Chase County, but not within the National Preserve. Common species may be on the edge of their range, lack favorable habitats within the preserve, or merely unobserved thus far.

Present species have been documented by National Park Service personnel in cooperation with the Heartland Network Inventory and Monitoring Program during surveys in 2002 and 2003. Additional species have been added after verified identification.


Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris collaris) Present

Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus) Common

Great Plains Skink (Eumeces obsoletus) Present

Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis) Common

Lesser Earless Lizard (Holbrookia maculata) Common

Northern Prairie Skink (Eumeces sepentrionalis) Common

Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) Common

Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) Present

Western Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus) Common

Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) Present

Dekay's Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi) Common

Diamondback Water Snake (Nerodia rhombifera) Common

Eastern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) Present

Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) Common

Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) Present

Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) Present

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer (Coluber constrictor flaviventris) Present

Flat-headed Snake (Tantilla gracilis) Present

Great Plains Ratsnake (Pantherophis emoryi) Present

Graham's Crayfish Snake (Regina grahami) Common

Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum) Present

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) Present

Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster) Present

Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix) Common

Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster) Present

Prairie Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) Present

Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) Present

Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki) Common

Western Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoleta) Present

Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus) Present

Western Worm Snake (Carphophis vermis) Common

Western Massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus) Present

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina) Present

False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica) Common

Mississippi Map Turtle (Graptemys kohnii) Common

Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata) Present

Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta) Present

River Cooter (Pseudemys concinna) Common

Smooth Softshell Turtle (Apalone mutica) Common

Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) Present

Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) Common

Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) Present

Last updated: November 13, 2021

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