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 thirteen species of turtles in Iowa.[1]

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


There are five species of lizards in Iowa.[1]

Common name Scientific Name Status Distribution Size Picture
Six-lined Racerunner Cnemidophorus sexlineatus Least Concern Aspidoscelis sexlineata (male).jpg
Prairie Skink Eumeces septentrionalis Least Concern Prairie skink.jpg
Great Plains Skink Eumeces obsoletus Least Concern Eumeces obsoletus1.jpg
Slender Glass Lizard Ophisaurus attenuatus Least Concern Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus).jpg
Five-lined Skink Eumeces fasciatus Least Concern Eumeces fasciatusPCCA20040425-1563A.jpg


There are twenty-seven species of snakes in Iowa.[1]

Common name Scientific Name Status Distribution Size Is Venomous Picture
Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis radix Least Concern No Plains gartersnake.jpg
Western Worm Snake Carphophis vermis Least Concern Southern Canada. No
Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus Least Concern No
Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus Least Concern Yes
Common Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula Least Concern No
Smooth Green Snake Opheodrys vernalis Least Concern No
Prairie Ringneck snake Diadophis punctatus arnyi Least Concern No
Western Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus Least Concern No
Redbelly Snake Storeria occipitomaculata Least Concern No
Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis Least Concern Yes Crotalus viridis nuntius.jpg
Prairie Kingsnake Lampropeltis calligaster Least Concern 30 - 40 inches No Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster).jpg
Plainbelly Watersnake Nerodia erythrogaster Least Concern No Redbelly water snake.jpg
Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon Least Concern No
Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus Least Concern Yes
Lined Snake Tropidoclonion lineatum Least Concern No
Fox Snake Elaphe vulpina Least Concern No
Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum Least Concern No
Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae Least Concern No
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platyrhinos Least Concern No
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis Least Concern No
Diamondback Watersnake Nerodia rhombifer Least Concern No
Crayfish Snake Regina grahamii Least Concern No
Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix Least Concern Yes
Brown Snake Storeria dekayi Least Concern No
Racer Coluber constrictor Least Concern No
Ratsnake Elaphe obsoleta Least Concern No
Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer sayi Least Concern No Pituophis catenifer sayi 003.jpg

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  1. ^ a b c : Iowa Herpetology Accessed March 27th, 2009

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