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List of Kansas reptiles lists snakes, turtles and lizards found in Kansas.


Kansas is home to fifteen species of turtles.

Family Chelydridae – snapping turtles

  • Alligator snapping turtle
  • Common snapping turtle

Family Kinosternidae – mud and musk turtles

  • Common musk turtle (stinkpot)
  • Yellow mud turtle

Family Emydidae – basking and box turtles

  • Painted turtle
  • Common map turtle
  • Ouachita map turtle
  • False map turtle
  • River cooter
  • ornate box turtle
  • eastern box turtle
  • pond slider turtle

Family Trionychidae – softshell turtles

  • Spiny softshell
  • Smooth softshell


There are 16 species of lizards in Kansas.

Anguidae – Lateral Fold Lizards

  • Slender glass lizard

Crotaphytidae – Collared and Leopard Lizards

  • Eastern Collared Lizard

Gekkonidae – Geckos

  • Mediterranean Gecko (introduced)

Lacertidae – Lacertas (wall and true lizards)

  • Western Green Lacerta (introduced)
  • Italian Wall Lizard (introduced)

Phrynosomatidae – Spiny Lizards

  • Lesser Earless Lizard
  • Texas horned lizard
  • Prairie Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)

Scincidae – Skinks

  • Coal Skink
  • skin colored black dotted skink
  • Five-lined Skink
  • Broadhead Skink
  • Great Plains Skink
  • Southern Prairie Skink (Plestiodon obtusirostris)
  • Northern Prairie Skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis)
  • Ground Skink

Teiidae – Whiptails

  • Six-lined Racerunner


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Venomous species

  • Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)
  • Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)
  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) (very rare)
  • Timber Rattlesnake species in need of conservation (Crotalus horridus)
  • Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)
  • Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)

Non-venomous species

  • Eastern Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)
  • Western Worm Snake (Carphophis vermis)
  • Eastern Racer (Coluber constrictor)
  • Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)
  • Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)
  • Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)
  • Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata)MT
  • Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster)
  • Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
  • Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
  • New Mexico Blind Snake (Leptotyphlops dissectus)
  • Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)
  • Plainbelly Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster)
  • Diamondback Water Snake (Nerodia rhombifer)
  • Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)
  • Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
  • Great Plains Rat Snake (Pantherophis emoryi)
  • Western Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta)
  • Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
  • Graham's Crayfish Snake (Regina grahamii)
  • Longnose Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
  • Ground Snake (Sonora semiannulata)
  • Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)
  • Redbelly Snake species in need of conservation (Storeria occipitomaculata)
  • Flathead Snake (Tantilla gracilis)
  • Plains Blackhead Snake (Tantilla nigriceps)
  • Checkered Garter Snake (Thamnophis marcianus)
  • Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)
  • Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix)
  • Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
  • Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)
  • Rough Earth Snake (Virginia striatula)
  • Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae)
  • Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae)

MT)This snake has enlarged grooved teeth near the back of the upper jaw and secretes a mildly toxic saliva to incapacitate its prey. However, it is not considered dangerous to humans.

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