Herps

Bull Snake on sand

 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 

Red-eared Slider
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. 

                             Spiny Softshell Turtle

The Spiny Softshell Turtle has a distinct shape that earns it the common nickname "pancake turtle".
 Common Snapping Turtle
The Common Snapping Turtle can be found throughout Quivira's wetlands, but only infrequently out of water. 
 Musk Turtle
The Musk Turtle is a small, compact, aquatic species that can often be found away from water.  It emits a foul odor.  
 Ornate Box Turtle
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.  
 Painted Turtle
Similar in appearance to the much more common Red-eared Slider, the Painted Turtle has a bright red patterned plastron.

 

Lizards 

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

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

Snakes 

Eastern Garter Snake
Our most common snake, the Eastern Garter Snake can be told from the Plains Garter Snake only at close range.
Plains Garter Snake 
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. 
 Graham's Crayfish Snake 
This unique species is the Graham's Crayfish Snake, who gets its name from its favorite food.
Prairie Kingsnake 
If you have the good fortune to see a Prairie Kingsnake at Quivira, you will notice that it has smooth (not ridged) scales.
 Massassauga 
Our only VENOMOUS snake, the Massassauga is a very small (1-2 feet) rattlesnake that is active mostly at night.
 Yellow-bellied Racer
Fast is the Yellow-bellied Racer, so it is often difficult to view its beautiful color. 
Bull Snake
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.
 Brown Snake
One of our smallest, and most gentle, species goes by the simple name of Brown Snake.  It averages only about 6-8 inches long. 
 Northern Water Snake 
Two species of water snake are common at Quivira, and both are non-venomous  This is the Northern Water Snake.
 
   

 Frogs 

Bullfrog
 The Bullfrog is common, especially at the Kids' Fishing Pond.
Plains Leopard Frog 
This is the Plains Leopard Frog, our most common species. 
 Blanchard's Cricket Frog
 The tiny  Blanchard's Cricket Frog can be found at the edges of ponds.  Its calls are a clicking sound.
 Western Chorus Frog
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.