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Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare vertebrate animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
For information on Wisconsin's rare invertebrates, contact:
Jay Watson
Conservation Biologist

Wisconsin's rare reptiles

Reptiles on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
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 m-SIN N
Emydoidea blandingii Blanding's Turtle G4 S3S4 SOC SC/P SGCN Y
Glyptemys insculpta Wood Turtle G3 S3 SOC THR SGCN Y
Graptemys pseudogeographica False Map Turtle G5 S3? m-SIN N
Ophisaurus attenuatus Slender Glass Lizard G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Pantherophis spiloides Gray Ratsnake G4G5 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 G3 S1 LT 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

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) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022