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Official State Reptiles

Official reptiles listed by state. (List by state or year)
StateList by state Name Designated as Year
Alabama Red-bellied turtle Official reptile 1990
Alaska [ None ]    
Arizona Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake State reptile 1986
Arkansas [ None ]    
California Desert tortoise Official state reptile 1972
California Pacific leatherback sea turtle Official state marine reptile 2012
Colorado Western painted turtle State reptile 2008
Connecticut [ None ]    
Delaware [ None ]    
Florida American alligator Official Florida state reptile 1987
Florida Gopher tortoise Official state tortoise 2008
Florida Loggerhead turtle Official Florida state salt water reptile 2008
Georgia Gopher tortoise Official Georgia state reptile 1989
Hawaii [ None ]    
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois Painted turtle Official state reptile 2005
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas Ornate box turtle Official reptile 1986
Kentucky [ None ]    
Louisiana Alligator Official state reptile 1983
Maine [ None ]    
Maryland Diamondback terrapin State reptile and official mascot
of the State's flagship university at College Park.
Massachusetts Garter snake Official reptile 2007
Michigan Painted turtle Official reptile 1995
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi American alligator State reptile 2005
Missouri Three-toed box turtle Official reptile 2007
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada Desert tortoise Official state reptile 1989
New Hampshire [ None ]    
New Jersey [ None ]    
New Mexico New Mexico whiptail lizard Official reptile 2003
New York Common snapping turtle Official reptile of the State of New York 1979
North Carolina Turtle Official state reptile 1979
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio Black racer snake Official reptile 1995
Oklahoma Collared lizard State reptile 1969
Oregon [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Carolina Loggerhead turtle Official reptile 1988
South Dakota [ None ]    
Tennessee Eastern box turtle Official state reptile 1995
Texas Horned lizard State reptile of Texas 1993
Texas Kemp's ridley sea turtle Official state sea turtle of Texas 2013
Utah [ None ]    
Vermont Painted turtle Official state reptile 1994
Virginia Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) Snake 2016
Washington [ None ]    
West Virginia Timber rattlesnake State reptile 2008
Wisconsin [ None ]    
Wyoming Horned toad State reptile 1993

Reptile, by Colin McCarthy. 64 pages. Publisher: DK Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2000) Reading level: Ages 8+.

What’s the difference between a crocodile and alligator? Find out here—and then turn the page to see a snake eating a rat, a lizard in mating display, or a turtle defending itself! Stunning real-life photographs of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, and turtles offer a unique "eyewitness" view of some of the world's most curious living creatures, their intriguing characteristics, and unusual behavior. Learn how crocodiles look after their young, how lizards store fat in their tails, and how chameleons swivel their eyes. Witness how snakes are charmed, how geckos walk upside down, why crocodiles swallow stones, how a snake is milked of its venom, and much, much more!

Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians

Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians, Chris Mattison, general editor. 240 pages. Publisher: Firefly Books; 2nd edition (September 12, 2008)

This highly acclaimed encyclopedia combines authoritative, easy-to-read essays with exciting photographs showing reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. Illustrations explain anatomy and biological features, and maps show world distribution of species. Commissioned articles by scientists, zoologists and researchers provide the latest findings and interpretations of data.

Authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful, this landmark volume is strongly recommended for anyone with a keen interest in amphibians and reptiles.

Turtles of the United States and Canada

Turtles of the United States and Canada, by Carl H. Ernst and Jeffrey E. Lovich. 840 pages. Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition edition (May 12, 2009) Ernst and Lovich's thoroughly revised edition of this classic reference provides the most updated information ever assembled on the natural histories of North American turtles.

Each species account contains information on identification, genetics, fossil record, distribution, geographic variation, habitat, behavior, reproduction, biology, growth and longevity, food habits, populations, predators, and conservation status. The book includes range maps for freshwater and terrestrial species, a glossary of scientific names, an extensive bibliography for further research, and an index to scientific and common names.