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Herps

Snake, Bull stafrf 512 From the common Eastern Garter Snake to the not-so-common Painted Turtle.

Quivira's combination of sand prairie and diverse wetlands supports a unique variety of mammals.  Also, a combination of eastern, western, and southern species are represented.  For a complete checklist click here:

Checklist of Reptiles, Turtles, and Amphibians
 

Here are some of the animals you may see at Quivira.

 

Turtles 

Slider, Red-eared staff 448 
Our most common turtle, the Red-eared Slider is a "basking" species, an aquatic turtle that spends sunny days in the open catching the rays, even in winter. 

                             Softshell, Spiny staff 448 

The Spiny Softshell Turtle has a distinct shape that earns it the common nickname "pancake turtle".
 Turtle, Common Snapping staff 448 
The Common Snapping Turtle can be found throughout Quivira's wetlands, but only infrequently out of water. 
 Turtle, Musk staff 448
The Musk Turtle is a small, compact, aquatic species that can often be found away from water.  It emits a foul odor.  
 Turtle, Ornate staff 448
This is our only true terrestrial species.  Both its carapace (top shell) and plastron (bottom shell) are boldly patterned, hence its name the Ornate Box Turtle.  
 Turtle, Painted staff 448
Similar in appearance to the much more common Red-eared Slider, the Painted Turtle has a bright red patterned plastron.

 

Lizards 

Racerunner staff 448  Our most common lizard, the Racerunner is striped species that, true to its name, runs very fast. 

Lizard, Fence staff 448 Fence Lizards are found near woodlands are not easy to find at Quivira. 

Snakes 

Snake, Eastern Garter staff 448
Our most common snake, the Eastern Garter Snake can be told from the Plains Garter Snake only at close range.
Snake, Plains Garter staff 448 
The Plains Garter Snake has more dark markings on its face than the Eastern, and its white side stripe is located on a different set of scale rows. 
 Grahams Crayfish snake 
This unique species is the Graham's Crayfish Snake, who gets its name from its favorite food.
Kingsnake, Prairie staff 448 
If you have the good fortune to see a Prairie Kingsnake at Quivira, you will notice that it has smooth (not ridged) scales.
 Massassauga staff 448 
Our only POISONOUS snake, the Massassauga is a very small (1-2 feet) rattlesnake that is active mostly at night.
 Racer, Yellow-bellied staff 448
Fast is the Yellow-bellied Racer, so it is often difficult to view its beautiful color. 
Bull Snake 2
Our largest, and one our most common, species is the Bull Snake.  Also known as the gopher snake, it can reach six feet in length.
 Snake, Brown staff 448
One of our smallest, and most gentle, species goes by the simple name of Brown Snake.  It averages only about 6-8 inches long. 
 Water Snake, Northern staff 448 
Two species of water snake are common at Quivira, and both are non-poisonous.  This is the Northern Water Snake.
 
   

 Frogs 

Bullfrog staff 448
 The Bullfrog is common, especially at the Kids' Fishing Pond.
Frog, Plains Leopard staff 448 
This is the Plains Leopard Frog, our most common species. 
 Frog, Blanchards Cricket staff 448a
 The tiny  Blanchard's Cricket Frog can be found at the edges of ponds.  Its calls are a clicking sound.
 Frog, Western Chorus staff 448
The Chorus Frog is very small, but makes up for its size with its rattling call that sounds like running your finger along the teeth of a comb. 

 

 

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013
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