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Big Cypress National Preserve

Reptiles of the ... Watching wildlife the Probably the most noticeable within the responsible way... Big Cypress Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp is the American . This large is commonly The thrill of watching a wild animal in seen during the winter dry seasons when water is its native surroundings is spectacular scarce. and awe inspiring. While visiting Big Cypress National Preserve, or any other Other reptiles include , crocodillians, , natural area, remember: , and . Reptiles are that have scales and breath air. Many of the classified in this group lay . • All wildlife is wild and unpredictable. Stay a safe distance from any wild These animals are often misunderstood and feared. animal —15 feet is recommended. However, they play a vital role in the environment. • View wildlife with respect. For example, if it were not for making “gator holes” many species that depend on water • Never feed wildlife. would perish during South Florida’s dry season. • All plants and animals within national park areas are protected, it is illegal to collect any wildlife without special permits.

Compare the American photo (above) with the Amerian alligator photo (cover page). Can you discern the differences in appearance?

Scientific Name CROCODILIANS Alligators ___ Alligator Mississippiensis How You Behave Also known as: Florida, , or Mississppi alligator, gator Can Save Do Not Feed or ___American crocodile acutus Harass Wildlife Also known as: de la costa, cocodrilo de tumbes, Central American alligator, cocodrilo, lagarto EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA! Scientific Name Scientific Name

TURTLES, , TERRAPINS SCALED REPTILES Snapping turtles Legless Lizards ___Florida snapping serpentina osceola ___Slender glass attenuatus ___Island glass lizard Ophisaurus compressus Small Turtles ___Eastern glass lizard Ophisaurus ventralis ___Striped mud turtle baurii ___Florida mud turtle Kinosternon subrubrum steindachneri Snakes ___Common musk turtle odoratus ___Burmese * Python molorus bivittaus ___Florida scarlet coccinea coccinea Box and water turtles ___Everglades racer Coluber constrictor paludicola ___Peninsula cooter floridana peninsularis ___Southern ringneck snake Diadophis punctatus punctatus ___Florida red-bellied turtle Pseudemys nelsoni ___Eastern inidgo snake corais couperi ___Florida Deirochelys reticularia chrysea ___Corn snake guttata guttata ___Florida Terrapene carolina bauri ___Yellow Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata ___Everglades rat snake Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni Tortoises ___Eastern abacura abacura ___Gopher polyphemus ___Eastern hog-nosed snake platirhinos ___Florida floridana Softshelled Turtles ___Eastern kingsnake Lampropeltis getula getula ___ ferox ___Scarlet kingsnake Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides ___Eastern coachwhip flagellum flagellum LIZARDS ___Florida floridana Geckos ___Mangrove salt marsh snake compressicauda ___Indo-Pacific * garnotii ___Brown water snake Nerodia taxispilota ___Mediterranean gecko* Hemidactylus turcicus turcicus ___Rough green snake aestivus ___Cosmopolitan house gecko* Hemidactylus mabouia ___Striped snake alleni ___South Florida swamp snake Seminatrix pygaea cyclas Anoles ___Florida brown snake dekayi victa ___Green anole carolinensis ___Peninsula Thamnophis sauritus sackenii ___Brown anole* Anolis sagrei ___Common Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis Elapids Venomous ___Green * Iguana iguana ___Eastern fulvius fulvius

Skinks Vipers Venomous ___Southeastern five-lined inexpectatus ___Dusky pigmy miliarius barbouri ___Ground skink lateralis ___Eastern diamondback rattlesnake adamanteus ___Florida cottomouth piscivorus conanti reptile name* = introduced species Blind snakes ___Brahminy blind snake* Rhamphotyphlops braminus

Reptiles of Big Cypress... Left to right: (Pseudemys floridana peninsularis); (Elaphe guttata guttata); (Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides); Eastern coral snake ( fulvius).

Reptile Checklist_FINAL.indd on HQ shareall, interp publications, 2,000 printed, 10/2011, stored at Oasis and WC