List of reptiles of the Indiana Dunes

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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a National Park Service unit on the shore of Lake Michigan in Indiana, United States. A BioBlitz took place there on May 15 and 16, 2009.[1] During that time, a list of organisms was compiled which included a preliminary list of the reptiles of the area.[2]

Turtles (Testudinate)

  1. Chelydra serpentina serpentina[3] - Common Snapping Turtle
  2. Chrysemys picta marginata[3] - Painted Turtle[4]
  3. Emydoidea blandingi][3] - Blanding's Turtle
  4. Pseudemys scripta elegans[3] - cooter
  5. Sternotherus odoratus[3] - Common Musk Turtle

Lizards (Sauris)

  1. Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis[3][4] - Prairie Racerunner
  2. Plestiodon fasciatus[3] - Five-lined Skink
  3. Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus - Slender Glass Lizard[4]

Snakes (Serpentes)

  1. Coluber constrictor flaviventris[3] - Eastern Racer
  2. Heterodon platyrhinos[3] - Eastern Hognose Snake[4]
  3. Lampropeltis triangulum - Milk snake[4]
  4. Nerodia sipedon sipedon[3] - Northern Water Snake[4]
  5. Storeria dekayi wrightorum[3] - Midland Brown Snake[4]
  6. Thamnophis proximus Western ribbon snake[4]
  7. Thamnophis sirtalis[4] - Common Garter Snake
  8. Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis[3] - Eastern Garter Snake
  9. Thamnophis radix radix[3] - Eastern Plains Garter Snake


  1. ^ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  2. ^ Temporary list of Species found (June 6, 2009)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ecology of Miller Woods, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Research Program, Report 90-01; National Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Porter Indiana; 1990
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Environmental Assessment, Portage Lakefront, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; National Park Service; May 2007