Archive for the Class Reptilia – snakes, lizards, and turtles Category

American Alligator

Posted in Class Reptilia - snakes, lizards, and turtles on September 29, 2010 by Richard Temple

Alligator mississippiensis, Lacassine NWR, Cameron Parish, LA, 9 November 2010

Mediterranean Gecko

Posted in Class Reptilia - snakes, lizards, and turtles on September 29, 2010 by Richard Temple

Hemidacttylus turcicus, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, LA, September 28, 2010

The Mediterranean Gecko is an introduced species to Louisiana.  These little lizards were originally native to Europe but have since become common throughout North America. 

The cool thing about these lizards is the fact that their skin is almost translucent in certain areas (primarily the belly).

Mississippi Ring-necked Snake

Posted in Class Reptilia - snakes, lizards, and turtles with tags , , , , on September 29, 2010 by Richard Temple

Diadophis punctatus, Sherburne WMA, Pointe Coupee Parish, LA, Summer 2009

The Mississippi Ring-necked Snake is a harmless, non-poisonous snake that occurs throughout Louisiana in forested areas.  This is  the only Ring-necked Snake that occurs in Louisiana and can be difficult to find. 

While working at Sherburne WMA this particular individual just happen to be crossing the path I was on.  This was the first and so far the only Ring-necked Snake I have ever seen in Louisiana.