Take our Quiz of the Week

Test your knowledge of Wisconsin's rare plant, animals and natural communities. Win a prize!


Natural communities
Explore Wisconsin's natural communities.
Rare plants
Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
Other features
Discover unique resources.
Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare animals, contact:
Bill Smith
Heritage zoologist
608-266-0924

Wisconsin's rare reptiles

Reptiles on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List - last revised June 2011. These species are tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory Program, and we welcome you to submit observations for these species.

Click on the table headings to sort the table. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. See also the watch list species below.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
SGCN
Apalone mutica Smooth Softshell G5 S3 SC/H Y
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner G5 S2S3 SC/H Y
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake G5 S1 SC/H Y
Coluber constrictor North American Racer G5 S2 SC/P Y
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake G4 S2S3 SC/P Y
Diadophis punctatus arnyi Prairie Ring-necked Snake G5T5 S2S3 SC/H Y
Emydoidea blandingii Blanding's Turtle G4 S3S4 SC/P Y
Glyptemys insculpta Wood Turtle G4 S3 THR Y
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle G5 S3? SC/H
Ophisaurus attenuatus Slender Glass Lizard G5 S1 END Y
Pantherophis spiloides Gray Ratsnake G5T5 S3 SC/P Y
Pituophis catenifer Gophersnake G5 S2S3 SC/P Y
Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink G5 S3 SC/H Y
Regina septemvittata Queensnake G5 S1 END Y
Sistrurus catenatus catenatus Eastern Massasauga G3G4T3Q S1 C END Y
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle G5 S1 END Y
Thamnophis butleri Butler's Gartersnake G4 S3S4 SC/P Y
Thamnophis proximus Western Ribbonsnake G5 S1 END Y
Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake G5 S2? SC/H
Thamnophis sauritus Eastern Ribbonsnake G5 S1 END Y
Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake G5 S1S2 SC/H

Watch list Reptiles

Reptiles on the Natural Heritage Inventory's "watch list." Watch list species have experienced, or are believed to have experienced, a statewide or range-wide decline, but are not currently tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) database. The watch list includes newly discovered species for which origin and rarity need to be determined, certain animals designated as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, and species that were tracked in the past but proved more abundant, widespread, or less vulnerable than previously thought. Although watch list species are not actively tracked by NHI, occurrences documented during surveys are often stored by NHI, as these species could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of their decline.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
SGCN
Diadophis punctatus edwardsii Northern Ring-necked Snake G5T5 S3 SC/H
Heterodon platirhinos Eastern Hog-nosed Snake G5 S3S4 SC/H
Plestiodon fasciatus Common Five-lined Skink G5 S3S4 SC/H

Back to Top

Last revised: Tuesday, January 14, 2014