Turtle, Snakes, & Lizards

Painted Turtle underwater, Shenandoah River, North Fork

There are many orders and families of reptiles throughout the Appalachian Range. Local waterways and wetlands as well as upland forests and meadows are filled with an amazing array of diverse snakes, lizards, and turtles. Many of them, such as the peaceful and ponderous Eastern Box Turtle, are familiar sights that give the region a special character. Other reptiles are more shy and secretive, like some of our more rare snakes or skittish lizards.

Eastern Fence Lizard at Braley Pond, Virginia

Some lizards occupy similar ecological niches and share habitats with salamanders, and they can be easily confused. A goal of this Web site is to help educate and inspire people in the Appalachian region who take the time to look and appreciate all the animals crawling and swimming through our shared spaces.

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) beside Houghton Creek

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)