Friday, April 18, 2008

Reptiles of Berrien County, Michigan

Based on specimen records in the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology, 15 species representing 2 orders, 5 families, and 13 genera within the Class Reptilia (snakes, lizards, and turtles) are known from Berrien County:

ORDER SQUAMATA (Snakes and Lizards)
Family Colubridae (Colubrid Snakes):
  • Coluber constrictor, Blue Racer
  • Clonophis kirtlandii, Kirtland’s Snake
  • Elaphe obsolete, Black Rat Snake
  • Heterodon platyrhinos, Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
  • Lampropeltis triangulum, Eastern Milk Snake
  • Nerodia sipedon, Northern Water Snake
  • Thamnophis sauritus, Northern Ribbon Snake
  • Thamnophis sirtalis, Common Garter Snake

    Family Viperidae (Pit Vipers):
  • Sistrurus catenatus, Massasauga

    Family Scincidae (Skinks):
  • Eumeces fasciatus, Five-lined Skink
  • ORDER TESTUDINES (Turtles)
    Family Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
  • Chelydra serpentina, Snapping Turtle

    Family Emydidae (Pond Turtles and Terrapins):
  • Chrysemys picta, Painted Turtle
  • Clemmys guttata, Spotted Turtle
  • Emydoidea blandingii, Blanding’s Turtle
  • Terrapene carolina, Box Turtle
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