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This page is part Life List (for me) and part Identification Guide (for you). All native turtles are currently represented, other reptiles and amphibians will be added as I get pictures.

1) Try to identify by using the key to narrow your search. Click HERE.

2) Click through the species page links below until you find it.

3) Email me pictures of the top shell, bottom shell, and head as well as location found at eric@empireoftheturtle.com  and put "can you ID this turtle/snake/frog/etc" in the email subject line.

4) "I found a turtle or tortoise on the road. How do I move it?" Click HERE.

5) "I found a turtle or tortoise and want to keep it. How do I care for it?" Click HERE.





Freshwater Turtles - Emydidae

Spotted Turtle - Clemmys guttata

Chicken Turtle - Deirochelys reticularia

Barbour's Map Turtle - Graptemys barbouri

Escambia Map Turtle - Graptemys ernsti

River Cooter - Pseudemys concinna

Common Cooter - Pseudemys floridana

Florida Redbelly Cooter - Pseudemys nelsoni

Yellowbelly Slider - Trachemys s. scripta

Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans


Brackish water Turtles - Emydidae

Diamondback Terrapin - Malaclemys terrapin


Terrestrial Turtles - Emydidae

Box Turtle - Terrapene carolina


Tortoises - Testudinidae

Gopher Tortoises - Gopherus polyphemus


Freshwater Turtles - Chelydridae

Florida Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina osceola

Alligator Snapping Turtle - Macroclemys temminckii


Freshwater Turtles - Trionychidae

Florida Softshell Turtle - Apalone ferox

Gulf Coast Smooth Softshell Turtle - Apalone mutica calvata

Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle - Apalone spinifera aspera


Freshwater Turtles - Kinosternidae

Three-striped Mud Turtle - Kinosternon baurii

Eastern Mud Turtle - Kinosternon subrubrum

Loggerhead Musk Turtle - Sternotherus minor

Common Musk Turtle - Sternotherus odoratus


Sea Turtles - Cheloniidae

Loggerhead - Caretta caretta

Green Turtle - Chelonia mydas

Atlantic Hawksbill - Eretmochelys i. imbricata

Atlantic Ridley - Lepidochelys kempii


Sea Turtles - Dermochelyidae

Leatherback Sea Turtle - Dermochelys coriacea


Order Crocodylia

Alligators - Family Alligatoridae

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis


Order Squamata

Snakes - Suborder Serpentes

Colubrids - Family Colubridae

Scarlet Snake - Cemophora coccinea

Southern Black Racer - Coluber constrictor priapus

Southern Ringneck Snake - Diadophis punctatus punctatus

Corn Snake - Elaphe g. guttata

Yellow Rat Snake - Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata

Eastern Hognose Snake - Heterodon platirhinos

Southern Hognose Snake - Heterodon simus

Coachwhip - Masticophis f. flagellum

Gulf Salt Marsh Snake - Nerodia clarkii clarkii

Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake - Nerodia clarkii taeniata

Florida Water Snake - Nerodia fasciata pictiventris

Florida Green Water Snake - Nerodia floridana

Brown Water Snake - Nerodia taxispilota

Rough Green Snake - Opheodrys aestivus

Florida Brown Snake - Storeria dekayi victa

Eastern Garter Snake - Thamnophis s. sirtalis

VENOMOUSCoral Snakes - Family ElapidaeVENOMOUS

Eastern Coral Snake - Micrurus fulvius

VENOMOUSVipers - Family ViperidaeVENOMOUS

Pit Vipers - Subfamily Crotalinae

Cottonmouth - Agkistrodon piscivorus


Order Squamata

Lizards - Suborder Lacertilia

Glass Lizards Family Anguidae

Eastern Glass Lizard - Ophisaurus ventralis

Geckos- Family Gekkonidae

Indo-Pacific Gecko - Hemidactylus garnoti

Madagascan Giant Day Gecko - Phelsuma grandis

Anoles - Family Polychiridae

Green Anole - Anolis carolinensis

Cuban Brown Anole - Anolis sagrei

Neotropical Ground Lizards - Family Tropiduridae

Northern Curly-tailed Lizard - Leiocephalus carinatus

Iguanas - Family Iguanidae

Green Iguana - Iguana iguana

Whiptails - Family Teiidae

Six-lined Racerunner - Cnemidophorus sexlineatus

Skinks - Family Scincidae

Southeastern Five-lined Skink - Eumeces inexpectatus

Broadheaded Skink - Eumeces laticeps

Ground Skink - Scincella lateralis


Amphisbaenids - Suborder Amphisbaenia

Worm Lizard - Family Amphibaenidae

Florida Worm Lizard - Rhineura floridana


Order Caudata

Sirens - Family Sirenidae

Greater Siren - Siren lacertina

Newts - Family Salamandridae

Peninsula Newt - Notophthalmus viridescens piaropicola


Order Anura

Spadefoots - Family Pelobatidae

Eastern Spadefoot - Scaphiopus h. holbrookii

Toads - Family Bufonidae

Oak Toad - Bufo quercicus

Southern Toad - Bufo terrestris

Treefrogs - Family Hylidae

Florida Cricket Frog - Acris gryllus dorsalis

Green Treefrog - Hyla cinerea

Pinewoods Treefrog - Hyla femoralis

Barking Treefrog - Hyla gratiosa

Squirrel Treefrog - Hyla squirella

Southern Spring Peeper - Pseudacris crucifer bartramiana

Little Grass Frog - Pseudacris ocularis

Cuban Treefrog - Osteopilus septentrionalis

Narrowmouth Toads - Family Microhylidae

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Frog - Gastrophryne carolinensis

True Frogs - Ranidae

Bullfrog - Rana catesbeiana

Bronze Frog - Rana c. clamitans

Southern Leopard Frog - Rana sphenocephala

Tropical Frogs - Leptodactylidae

Greenhouse Frog - Eleutherodactylus planirostris