Reptiles on the SMESL Environmental Education I Mr. Wright Spring 2008
Snakes Black Rat Snake Prairie Ringnake Prairie Kingsnake Northern Water Snake Gardner Snake Yellow Belly Racer Turtles Ornate Box Turtle Three Toed Box Turtle Red Eared Slider Turtle Western Painted Turtle Common Snapping Turtle Lizards Five-lined Skink Others You Should Know Copperhead Rattle Snake Some of the snakes, turtles & lizards commonly seen on the SMESL.
Black upper body Whitish belly Copperhead Black Rat Snake in defensive posture ready to strike. Its tail had been vibrating against leaf litter producing a buzzing sound similar to the sound of a Rattlesnake.
Small snake, usually 12 inches at the most Almost impossible to keep in captivity Hard to feed Find in wooded and Grassy areas
This snake is often misidentified as the venomous cottonmouth or copperhead. Why? *Does not have a triangular head, colors not as bright as copperhead & thinner white bands
30 to 40 inches in length Found in grassy areas If alarmed will vibrate its tail. Often mistaken for a Great Plains rattlesnake. Back is patterned with brown to reddish circular blotches with black borders No bands or stripes Found in Grassy areas
It's color patterns can vary, but it almost always has three yellow stripes. Usually there is a checkerboard pattern of dark spots between the stripes. The Eastern Garter Snake is one of our most common snakes. It grows up to four feet long.
Ornate Box Turtle(Terrapene ornata ornata) Three-toed Box Turtle(Terrapene carolina triunguis) Prefers the grassy areas Prefers the wooded areas Q: What’s the big difference? A: Lines on the shell for the Ornate Box Turtle and hind toes.
Ornate Box Turtle Three-Toed Box Turtle The word "ornate" means elaborately decorated.
Kansas State Reptile - 1986 Red eyes Brown or yellow eyes Male (♂) Ornate Box Turtle Q: What’s the difference? Female (♀) Ornate Box Turtle
Common Snapping Turtle(Chelydra serpentina) The biggest turtle in Kansas. Common snapping turtles average 10 to 12 inches in upper shell length and weigh from 15 to 25 pounds.
The snapping turtles long neck Snapping turtles will eat just about anything (alive or dead) they can find including fish, frogs, drowned animals, crayfish and aquatic plants.
Males (♂) have blue tail Q: What happens to the tail if you grab it? A: It falls off (to distract predators). Short term good thing but long term bad thing since the tail isn’t the same & takes a lot of energy to grow. So don’t try it.
Some other natives we have not seen but you should be aware of. Copperhead Snake Rattle Snake Both venomous
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_garter_snake.htmhttp://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_garter_snake.htm http://www.gpnc.org/ornate.htm Snapping Turtles - http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/1996/06/50.html