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Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates. Most lay eggs, have scaled plates and breathe through lungs.
Reptile
Biology and Behavior
Turtles are believed to have existed on earth longer than any other group of reptiles.
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Blanding's Turtle on a log
Wildlife watching at a wetland area is a fun summer time activity.
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Butler's Gartersnake
The Butler's gartersnake is very hard to tell apart from its cousin, the plains gartersnake.
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Common Gartersnake
The common gartersnake is, well, common.
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Common Watersnake
You're sitting on a dock, minding your own business, when you notice a snake swimming by in the water.
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DeKay's Brownsnake
You can find this snake in oak savannas, prairies, marshes, old field, and under trash in vacant city lots.
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Eastern Foxsnake
Many people mistake this snake's coloration as a venomous copperhead snake and kill them out of fear.
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Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
This is one interesting snake, and not just because of its sharply upturned nose.
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Eastern Massasauga
Wisconsin Status: endangered
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Eastern Musk Turtle
This critter is often known by its nickname, "stinkpot."
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Eastern Ribbonsnake
This gartersnake resembles other gartersnakes at first glance.
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False Map Turtle
Both false and southern map turtles are very wary and will flee at the slightest disturbance.
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Common Five-Lined Skink
Skinks have very shiny, smooth scales and their colors change as they age.
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Gray (black) Ratsnake
When looking for snakes, you might not think to look up.
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Lizard
Like snakes, lizards belong to the animal kingdom, phylum Chordata (animals with backbones--also known as vertebrates).
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Lizard Hatching From Egg
Wisconsin's lizards breed shortly after emerging from hibernation.
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Bearded Dragon
Lizards, like snakes, are covered with dry scaly skin.
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Green Lizard
Lizards protect themselves from predators by not being seen.
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Lizard on a Rock
Wisconsin's lizards are primarily insectivores (meaning they eat insects).
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Five-Lined Skink
Lizards in Wisconsin? Yep.
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Milksnake
Legend has it that this snake sneaks into barns and sucks milk from cows.
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North American (Blue) Racer
This sleek and slender snake is one of North America's fastest snakes.
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Northern Map Turtle
The females of this species have large broad heads and jaws adapted for cracking mollusk and crayfish shells. Ouch!
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Northern Ring-necked Snake
This snake looks like the prairie ring-necked snake in size and color. The difference is in the belly.
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Ornate Box Turtle
The ornate box turtle is an endangered species in Wisconsin.
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Painted Turtle
The painted turtle is the most common turtle in Wisconsin.
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Plains Gartersnake
All in all, this is a pretty colorful snake.
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Prairie Ring-necked Snake
Can you guess where this snake gets its name?
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Prairie Skink
Don't you love saying the word, "skink"?
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Queensnake
This beautiful snake calls water home.
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Red-bellied Snake
Have you ever seen a red-bellied snake?
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Turtle
If you were asked what makes a turtle a turtle, you might answer, "its shell."
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Six-lined Racerunner
With a name like racerunner, you'd have to be fast. And, as their name suggests, racerunners are very fast.
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Slender Glass Lizard
The name for this lizard is appropriate. When it's caught sometimes its tail breaks into many pieces like glass.
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Smooth Greensnake
This snake is often called the grass snake because of its green color.
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Smooth Softshell Turtle
Softshells are easy to recognize by their long, pointed snouts and scuteless top shells (carapaces).
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Snake
Did you know that there are as many as 21 kinds of snakes in Wisconsin? Wow, that's a lot!
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Snapping Turtle
This turtle is long on tail, but short on temper.
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Southern Map Turtle
Check out the carapace (top shell) on the southern map turtle.
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Spiny Softshell Turtle
The spiny softshell looks a lot like its relative the smooth softshell.
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Lizard Sitting on a Rock
Unlike the large desert landscapes of the southwestern United States, the habitats that support Wisconsin's lizards are limited both naturally and by a growing human population.
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Gophersnake
What's that hissing sound? Well, it could be a gophersnake.
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Turtle Crossing the Road
If you had to guess what the biggest threat is to Wisconsin's turtles, what would you guess?
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Timber Rattlesnake
This species doesn't rank high on many people's favorite animal list.
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Hatching Turtle
All turtles lay their eggs on land, most in a nest that they dig.
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Adult and Baby Snapping Turtle
Have you ever seen a turtle sunning itself on a log on a warm summer day?
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Turtles
You and your family can help protect Wisconsin's turtles and liza
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Western Ribbonsnake
There are less than a half dozen records of this endangered snake being seen in Wisconsin.
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Baby Turtle
Turtles are toothless. They have sharp, horny beaks, kind of like a bird beak.
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Wood Turtle
This medium-sized turtle is most easily recognized by its shell.
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At a Glance

  • Biology and Behavior

    Turtles are believed to have existed on earth longer than any other group of reptiles.

  • Blanding's Turtle on a log

    Wildlife watching at a wetland area is a fun summer time activity.

  • Butler's Gartersnake

    The Butler's gartersnake is very hard to tell apart from its cousin, the plains gartersnake.

  • Common Gartersnake

    The common gartersnake is, well, common.

  • Common Watersnake

    You're sitting on a dock, minding your own business, when you notice a snake swimming by in the water.