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For information on Wisconsin's rare animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
608-266-4340

Wisconsin's rare reptiles

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Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) = These species have low and/or declining populations that are in need of conservation action. SIN (Species with Information Needs) = These species have experienced, or are believed to have experienced, a statewide or range-wide decline, but are in need of inventory and monitoring efforts to determine their if they are SGCN or not. Mapped in NHI (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database and are used for a variety of purposes including research, land management, state land master planning, community planning, conservation planning and review of public and private activities across the state. N = Observations of these species are not currently mapped in the NHI database.

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Apalone mutica Smooth Softshell G5 S3 SC/H SGCN Y
Aspidoscelis sexlineata Six-lined Racerunner G5 S2S3 SC/H SGCN Y
Carphophis vermis Western Wormsnake G5 S1 SC/H SGCN Y
Coluber constrictor North American Racer G5 S2 SC/P SGCN Y
Crotalus horridus Timber Rattlesnake G4 S2S3 SC/P SGCN Y
Diadophis punctatus arnyi Prairie Ring-necked Snake G5T5 S2S3 SC/H SGCN Y
Diadophis punctatus edwardsii Northern Ring-necked Snake G5T5 S3S4 SIN N
Emydoidea blandingii Blanding's Turtle G4 S3S4 SC/P SGCN Y
Glyptemys insculpta Wood Turtle G3 S3 THR SGCN Y
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle G5 S3? SIN N
Ophisaurus attenuatus Slender Glass Lizard G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Pantherophis spiloides Gray Ratsnake G5 S3 SC/P SGCN Y
Pituophis catenifer Gophersnake G5 S2S3 SC/P SGCN Y
Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink G5 S3 SC/H SGCN Y
Regina septemvittata Queensnake G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Sistrurus catenatus Eastern Massasauga G4 S1 PT END SGCN Y
Terrapene ornata Ornate Box Turtle G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Thamnophis butleri Butler's Gartersnake G4 S3S4 SC/H SGCN Y
Thamnophis proximus Western Ribbonsnake G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Thamnophis radix Plains Gartersnake G5 S2? SC/H SGCN Y
Thamnophis sauritus Eastern Ribbonsnake G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Tropidoclonion lineatum Lined Snake G5 S1S2 SC/H SGCN Y

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Last revised: Tuesday, May 31, 2016