List of reptiles of Iowa

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The following list of the reptiles of Iowa lists all of the snakes, turtles and lizards that are known to occur in the US State of Iowa.


There are 5 species of Lizards in Iowa.[1]

Common name Scientific Name Status in Iowa Picture
Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus Eumeces fasciatusPCCA20040425-1563A.jpg
Great Plains Skink Plestiodon obsoletus Endangered Eumeces obsoletus1.jpg
Northern Prairie Skink Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie skink.jpg
Six-lined Racerunner Aspidoscelis sexlineata Aspidoscelis sexlineata (male).jpg
Slender Glass Lizard Ophisaurus attenuatus Threatened Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus).jpg


There are 27 species of Snakes in Iowa.[1]

Common name Scientific Name Status in Iowa Picture
Black Rat Snake Pantherophis obsoletus Black Rat Snake2.jpg
Brown Snake Storeria dekayi Storeria dekayi 1.jpg
Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer sayi Special Concern Pituophis catenifer sayi 003.jpg
Common Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis Couleuvre rayee qc.JPG
Copperbelly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta Endangered Iowaherps-nerodia erythrogaster neglecta.jpg
Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix Endangered IowaHerps Agkistrodon contortrix.jpg
Diamondback Water Snake Nerodia rhombifer Threatened Daimondback Watersnake.jpg
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos Iowaherps-heterodon platirhinos.jpg
Graham's Crayfish Snake Regina grahamii Graham's Crawfish Snake (Regina grahamii).jpg
Lined Snake Tropidoclonion lineatum Tropidoclonion lineatum texanum.jpg
Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus Endangered Massasauga rattlesnake 1.jpg
Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum Red milk snake.JPG
Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon Nerodia sipedonPCSL02111B1.jpg
Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis radix Iowaherps-thamnophis radix.jpg
Prairie Kingsnake Lampropeltis calligaster Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster).jpg
Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis Endangered Crotalus viridis nuntius.jpg
Prairie Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus arnyi Iowaherps-diadophis punctatus arnyi.jpg
Racer Coluber constrictor Coluber constrictor flaviventris2.jpg
Redbelly Snake Storeria occipitomaculata Redbelly Snake - Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata.jpg
Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae Iowaherps-virginia valeriae.jpg
Smooth Green Snake Opheodrys vernalis Special Concern Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis).jpg
Speckled Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula holbrooki Threatened Speckled king snake lampropeltis getula holbrooki stejneger.jpg
Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus Crotalus horridus (2).jpg
Western Fox Snake Pantherophis vulpinus Western Fox Snake 04.jpg
Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus Endangered Iowaherps-heterodon nasicus.jpg
Western Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus Thamnophis proximus.jpg
Western Worm Snake Carphophis vermis Threatened Carphophis vermis western worm snake.JPG


There are 13 species of Turtles in Iowa.[1]

Common name Scientific Name Status in Iowa Picture
Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii Threatened Blandings-road-800x600.jpg
Common Map Turtle Graptemys geographica Northern Map Turtle.jpg
Common Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus Threatened Stinkpot Turtle.jpg
False Map Turtle Graptemys pseudogeographica Turtle vdg.jpg
Ornate Box Turtle Terrapene ornata Threatened Terrapene ornata ornata.jpg
Ouachita Map Turtle Graptemys ouachitensis Graptemys ouachitensis hatchling.jpg
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta A4 Western painted turtle.jpg
Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans RedEaredSlider05.jpg
Smooth Softshell Turtle Apalone mutica Iowaherps-apalone mutica.jpg
Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Snapping turtle 2 md.jpg
Spiny Softshell Turtle Apalone spinifera Apalone spinifera.jpg
Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta Endangered Iowaherps-glyptemys insculpta.jpg
Yellow Mud Turtle Kinosternon flavescens Endangered Kinosternon flavescens 1.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c : Reptiles and Amphibians of Iowa Accessed November 18th, 2015

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