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(Taxonomy updated 04/01/18)

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Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis

The following 22 species of Turtles, Lizards, and Snakes (Reptilia) have been positively identified at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History. (Photos and/or other information are available by clicking on underlined common names below.)

CHELONIA (Turtle Order)--6 species
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina
Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta
River Cooter
Pseudemys cocinna
Yellowbelly Slider
Trachemys scripta (formerly Chrysemys)
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

SQUAMATA (Lizard & Snake Order)
SAURIA (Lizard Suborder)--6 species
Green Anole Anolis carolinensis
Eastern Fence Lizard Sceloporus undulatus
Southeastern Five-lined Skink
Plestiodon inexpectatus (formerlyEumeces)
Broadhead Skink Plestiodon laticeps (formerlyEumeces)
Ground Skink Scincella lateralis
Six-lined Racerunner Aspidoscelis sexlineatus

SERPENTES (Snake Suborder)--10 species
Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus
Black Ratsnake
Pantherophis obsoleta (formerly Elaphe)
Eastern Hognose Snake
Heterodon platirhinos
Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula
Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon
Rough Green Snake Opheodrys aestivus
Brown Snake Storeria dekayi
Redbellied Snake
Storeria occipitomaculata
Common Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis
(photo above)
Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix

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