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Southeastern reptiles

The species profiles below are a one-stop-shop for information about the reptiles the Service's Southeast region is responsible for protecting and/or recovering.

  • A rescued young alligator snapping turtle on a grassy field.
    Information icon A rescued alligator snapping turtle hatchling is not much bigger than the blades of grass it crawls through. An adult male can grow up to 29 inches and they can weigh up to 249 pounds. Photo by Bradley O’Hanlon, Florida Fish and Wildlife ​Conservation Commission.

    Alligator snapping turtle

    November 8, 2021 | 11 minute read

    The dinosaur-like alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the United States with a historic range extending across 14 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest.  Visit the species profile...

  • A tiny turtle with orange patches on the side of its throat crawls through the grass
    A young bog turtle in an Appalachian bog. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Bog turtle (southern population)

    The bog turtle is the smallest turtle in North America. It’s orange to yellow patch on either side of the neck easily distinguishes it from other turtles.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small, sand-colored reptile between the cracks of a rock
    Information icon Monito gecko. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, USFWS.

    Monito gecko

    The Monito gecko is the only species of the Sphaerodactylus genus found on Monito Island off the coast of Puerto Rico. It is a tiny reptile, usually measuring an inch and a half (3.5 centimeters) long. It has a gray body, a dark brown tail, and has two dark patches with a white dot on its neck.  Visit the species profile...

  • A black, grey and yellow snake with a rounded head.
    Information icon Southern hognose snake. Photo by Pierson Hill, FWC.

    Southern hognose snake

    Taxon: Reptile Range: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina Status: At-risk species, petitioned for listing on July 11, 2012; 90-day-finding that petitioned action may be warranted First described by Carl Linneaus in 1766 from a specimen received from Charleston, South Carolina, the southern hognose snake is the smallest of the five species of hognose snakes native to North America. All belonging to the genus Heterodon, there is the eastern hognose snake (H.  Visit the species profile...

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